Vatican City, Dec 27, 2020 / 06:45 am
Pope Francis urged families across the world Sunday to look to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for “sure inspiration.”
In his Angelus address Dec. 27, the feast of the Holy Family, the pope encouraged Catholics to seek the renewal of family life.
He said: “It is good to reflect on the fact that the Son of God wanted to be in need of the warmth of a family, like all children. Precisely for this reason, because it is Jesus’ family, the family of Nazareth is the model family, in which all families of the world can find their sure point of reference and sure inspiration.”
The pope said that Jesus’ childhood “unfolded in joy” with Mary and Joseph.
“In imitation of the Holy Family, we are called to rediscover the educational value of the family unit: it must be founded on the love that always regenerates relationships, opening up horizons of hope,” he said.
“Within the family, one can experience sincere communion when it is a house of prayer, when the affections are serious, profound, pure, when forgiveness prevails over discord, when the daily harshness of life is softened by mutual tenderness and serene adherence to God’s will.”
“In this way, the family opens itself to the joy that God gives to all those who know how to give joyfully.”
The pope said that joyful families were also dedicated to serving others and committed to building a better world. They evangelized others by “the example of life.”