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Pope’s Letter for World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018

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“We hope that Pope Francis will come to Dublin for the World Day of Families and celebrate the Mass,” said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, to which the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, added: “Not only does he have interest, but desire to come, he said to me.” … https://zenit.org/articles/popes-letter-for-world-meeting-of-families-in-dublin/

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

One thought on “Pope’s Letter for World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018

  1. “Every day we have the experience of fragility and weakness, and therefore we all, families and pastors, are in need of renewed humility that forms the desire to form ourselves, to educate and be educated, to help and be helped, to accompany, discern and integrate all men of good will. I dream of an outbound Church, not a self-referential one, a Church that does not pass by far from man’s wounds, a merciful Church that proclaims the heart of the revelation of God as Love, which is Mercy. It is this very mercy that makes us new in love . . . .”

    Here’s three sentences that are worth contemplating again to savor their deep and beautiful meaning. As a writer and editor, these words are like listening to a symphony or a poem. Maybe seeing the ideas laid out on the page will convey some of the beauty of expression that is contained therein. It’s worth a try.

    Every day
    we have the experience of
    fragility and weakness,
    and therefore we all,
    families and pastors,
    are in need of
    renewed humility that
    forms the desire
    to form ourselves,
    to educate and be educated,
    to help and be helped,
    to accompany, discern and integrate
    all men of good will.
    I dream of an outbound Church,
    not a self-referential one,
    a Church that does not pass by
    far from man’s wounds,
    a merciful Church that
    proclaims the heart of
    the revelation of God as Love,
    which is Mercy.
    It is this very mercy that
    makes us new in love

    Amen and Thank You
    from a member of the family

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