National Week for Life and the Family May 12-19
May 12 - May 19
National Week for Life and the Family (May 12-19) is an initiative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. This year, the Week will focus on the theme: “Listening to the Gospel as a Family”. For more information and resources see the Catholic Organization for Life and Family website: www.colf.ca. National Week for Life and the Family May 12-19 “Listening to the Gospel as a Family” – In our information age, much of the news we hear is negative. At times we have to contend with not only bad news, but fake news. What we really need is good news. Our loving encounter with Jesus Christ is truly Good News that sets us free, and brings us joy. Pope Francis tells us that “the joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus” and when “we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?” (Evangelii Gaudium, 1 & 8). Let us experience God’s love for us by taking time to listen to the gospel as a family so that we may share with others the joy of the gospel.
PRAYER: God our Loving Father, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, grant that we may encounter your Son Jesus, the Eternal Word, as we contemplate your saving Gospel message. Help us to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Transform our families through the same Gospel so that we may radiate with joy your saving truth and be a sign of your loving presence to a world that is in need of the Good News. Amen.