Catholic Church, Holy Father, Pope Francis

“It could be said, without exaggeration, that the family is the engine of the world and of history.” Pope Francis said today in his address to the participants in the 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Our Holy Father uses an interesting term when referring to the family – engine. What does an engine do? It converts energy and uses power to produce force and motion.  That’s an active, rather than passive definition of family and is a reminder to us that we families must be the driving force in bringing the world back to Christ.

Pope Francis explained, “The ‘good news’ of the family is a very important part of evangelization, which Christians can communicate to all, with the witness of life; and they are already doing so, this is evident in the secularized society: the truly Christian families are recognized by their fidelity, patience, openness to life, respect of the elderly … The secret of all this is Jesus’ presence in the family.”

When Jesus is truly present in our families, we become witnesses of our faith, witnesses of life, who become valuable instruments in the call to evangelization.

Here is the full text of the Holy Father’s address. I hope you read and meditate on it.



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