Letter from Pope Francis: “Dear Families”

The Holy Father addresses families in anticipation of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, ‘which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”’:

… [Jesus] is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.

Which brings to mind the following lines at the end of Eucharistic Prayer III:

through Christ our Lord,
through whom you bestow on the world
all that is good.

Whether we recognize it or not, all that is good everywhere in Creation, is bestowed upon us through Christ our Lord. So that, if there is good in a particular form of Protestantism — it’s Jesus. If there is good in Buddhism, or Hinduism, or Islam — that’s Jesus. If there is good on Wall Street, or in Washington, or in Jerusalem, or Rome, if there is good anywhere or in anything — Jesus! True ecumenism is recognizing and proclaiming the Good as Jesus Himself, and pointing out the path to greater and fuller goodnesstruthand love in Him. 

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