In these times of raging challenges to the family unit, including the most innocent among us—our preborn brothers and sisters—we are called to celebrate the family. The twisted attitudes and messaging of the media, our broken school system, and our government are filled with deception and often fill us with dread. We can only take so much of that without losing a sense of joy. That is why we must pause every now and then and take the time to drink from the spring of hope provided by one of the Church’s greatest leaders: St. John Paul II!
We founded American Life League in April 1979, just six months after Cardinal Karol Józef Wojtyla was elected to the papacy of the Catholic Church. And we based ALL’s entire philosophy on the Catholic teachings that also emanate from his teachings. St. John Paul II wrote many works that inspire Catholic people, especially families, and his example raised us up as he taught us truth through his love of Christ and the Blessed Mother. His wisdom seemed to know no bounds.
As someone who was privileged to know him, I cannot help but think he would be happy to see us take a moment to celebrate truth. As St. Gregory of Narek wrote, “Faith, that happy and favored word, which lasts forever untarnished and unbounded, honored together with charity and hope brings the rewards of truly clear vision, perfect wisdom, acquaintance with God, and familiarity with the Exalted.”
So below you will find our favorite quotations from Familiaris Consortio—St. John Paul II’s seminal apostolic exhortation on the role of the Christian family in the modern world:
These few snippets from St. John Paul II’s exhortation remind us that, in the family—the domestic church—there reside hope, joy, love, and comfort. Though the world may try to destroy these things, this will never be possible as long as we cling to Christ.
Knowing this, let us strive daily—through our prayers and by our actions—to help others see the hope, joy, love, and comfort of the Church.
Celebrate your family; celebrate your faith!© Judie Brown
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