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“The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”

The 9th World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018 on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. Pope Francis wants families to have a way to deepen their reflection and sharing of the content of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The Pope wrote: “One might ask: does the Gospel continue to be a joy for the world? And also: does the family continue to be good news for today’s world? 

I am sure the answer is yes! And this “yes” is firmly based on God’s plan. The love of God is His “yes” to all creation and at the heart of this latter is man. It is God’s “yes” to the union between man and woman, in openness and service to life in all its phases; it is God’s “yes” and His commitment to a humanity that is often wounded, mistreated and dominated by a lack of love. The family, therefore, is the “yes” of God as Love. Only starting from love can the family manifest, spread and regenerate God’s love in the world. Without love, we cannot live as children of God, as couples, parents and brothers.”   He adds: “Every day, we have the experience of fragility and weakness, and therefore we all, families and pastors, are in need of a 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.”

The Little Sisters will be present in Dublin. We ask our Mother Foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan to intercede for the big family of the Little Sisters of the Poor. We pray that the example of the Holy Family at Nazareth may guide our way of living to bring love and happiness to others. We to Saint Jeanne all your intentions.