.- Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain emphasized the importance of marriage and the family in his weekly letter set to be published Dec. 26.
The cardinal wrote that marriage and the family are âthe hope of humanity.â He explained that by becoming man and living âin the silence of the home at Nazareth,â God teaches us âwithout words about the dignity and primordial value of marriage and the family.â
The cardinal then reflected on Pope Benedict XVIâs exhortation during his visit to Spain last November. At the time, the Pope stressed that Catholics must âshow to all that God is the God of peace and not of violence, of freedom and not coercion, of unity and not discord,â the cardinal recalled.
The Pope also called for âmoral progress,â without neglecting technological, social and cultural progress, Cardinal Sistach said. This entails âcare, protection and help for the familyâ and âthe defense of the lives children as sacred and inviolable from the moment of conception,â Cardinal Sistach said.