“A great deal of patience is necessary in order to love,” he said. “But it is worth it."
Each month, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network produces a video to spread the pope’s prayer intention. In 2021, these intentions have ranged from prayer for women who are victims of violence to prayer that more people will return to the sacrament of confession.
The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life contributed to the publication of this month’s video as part of the “Special year of the family,” which began on March 19.
Gabriella Gambino, undersecretary of the dicastery, said that it important to prepare “young people and engaged couples for a real vocation, not just for the celebration of a wedding.”
“To understand the presence of Christ in the daily lives of engaged couples, and then of spouses, by building on the meaning of Baptism is indispensable in giving young people the certainty that their family project is a response to a definitive call and that this project is possible,” she said.
“In a secularized society that no longer believes in marriage, it is fundamental to proclaim the strength and power of the sacrament as a vocation and to show that family relationships can have a salvific value for people and be a path to holiness. It is a matter of concretely bringing Christ into the lives of families.”
Pope Francis said: “Please, never forget this. God has a dream for us —love— and He asks us to make it his own.”
“Let us make our own the love which is God’s dream for us.”