Of Ordinations and families.

Just back from Westminster Cathedral were I had the joy of concelebrating in the Ordination Mass of five new priests for the Ordinariate. More ordinations are planned for the next couple of weeks; please keep the new priests and the candidates in your prayers.

I was very moved to read what the Holy Father had to say in Croatia last week end, especially his homily to Croatian families. Although you can read the full homily here, I have reproduced some excerpts:

For the Church too, for every Christian, the highest glory is the Cross, which means living in charity, in total gift to God and to others.

Christian families are a decisive resource for education in the faith, for the up-building of the Church as a communion and for her missionary presence in the most diverse situations in life.

Everyone knows that the Christian family is a special sign of the presence and love of Christ and that it is called to give a specific and irreplaceable contribution to evangelization. The Christian family has always been the first way of transmitting the faith and still today retains great possibilities for evangelization in many areas.

Dear parents, commit yourselves always to teach your children to pray, and pray with them; draw them close to the Sacraments, especially to the Eucharist… and introduce them to the life of the Church; in the intimacy of the home do not be afraid to read the sacred Scriptures, illuminating family life with the light of faith and praising God as Father. Be like a little Upper Room, like that of Mary and the disciples, in which to live unity, communion and prayer!

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