Video and Guide No.2 : The Family in the Light of…
Is it possible to “see” God’s love in less than 5 minutes? Yes, in Video No.2! The new video released at the end of April lasts only 4.6 minutes. It is charming, full of life and joy. Thanks to Pedro, Trini and their children, we travel somewhere in Latin America (in Argentina, probably); this family makes us want to sing with them: Viva la Familia! As for the Pope, he is warm, welcoming, caring, confident, profound. He shares with us a treasure and makes us want to read or reread the original text (AL 8-30).
Video 2 and Book 2 focus on the theme of “Family in the Light of the Word of God” in four parts:
- Conjugal love, a “living icon” through which God is made manifest. Excerpts below.
- No one is destined to be alone. A beautiful prayer is proposed.
- Authentic love always generates life
- The mystery of God is reflected in the family
At each stage, we are invited to reflect (personally, as a couple, as a family, as a group) and to read paragraphs 8-30 of the exhortation Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love.
Video and Guide No.2 are available in 5 languages : English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Extract from Guide No.2: The Family in the Light of the Word of God
Conjugal love: “living icon” through which God is made manifest
The Holy Father describes God’s love as a concrete reality : “How do we imagine God’s love? Is there a concrete reality in the world that helps us see this love with our own eyes? Certainly there is! It is the family! The image of God is reflected in man and in woman, in conjugal love: a living ‘icon’ through which God is made manifest”.
“The triune God is a communion of love, and the family is its living reflection. Saint John Paul II shed light on this when he said, ‘Our God in his deepest mystery is not solitude, but a family, for he has within himself fatherhood, sonship and the essence of the family, which is love. That love, in the divine family, is the Holy Spirit’. The family is thus not unrelated to God’s very being”. AL 11
Pedro and Trini share their wonder. Pedro: “We know that God created us for each other from the beginning of time. I have been in love with Trini since we were engaged. To this day I appreciate the passion she has in life.”
Trini: “I like how Pedro is so courageous. He jumps into all the projects he under- takes and devotes himself to them with such passion”.
With them, we want to pray
Praise to you, Lord, who gave us to each other as spouses and who have made us living images of your Love. Help us grow every day in our ability of sincerely looking at each other, of listening to each other attentively, of speaking in truth to each other, of offering each other signs of acceptance, of attention, of love. Grant us, O Lord, the gift of being able to marvel at the beauty of our spousal love. Amen.
Sunday 25 July
First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Chosen theme: “I am with you always”
To help prepare this day and illustrate the chosen theme – as a promise of proximity and hope – the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will offer, from mid-June, some pastoral tools that will be available on the website : www.amorislaetitia.va