The family as the engine of the world and of history – Pope Francis

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. (more…)

Will we be a Peter, or will we be a John?

On August 6 we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, that spectacular moment when our Lord appeared in all his glory to the Apostles Peter, James, and John.

While he was praying his face changed in appearance 
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, 
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus 
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. (more…)