The Joy of Love
FRANKLY explores the joy of family and wedded love, in a photo essay inspired by the document Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), Pope Francis’ reflection on love in the family.
In his letter, Pope Francis draws together the insights of a two-year consultation involving the whole Church. Amoris Laetitia is Latin for ‘Joy of Love’.
“There is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems” AL 57
“I encourage the faithful who find themselves in complicated situations to speak confidently with their pastors or with other lay people who lives are committed to the Lord.” AL 312
More on Mercy
Quotes from Pope Francis on Mercy
“Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its centre. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lords words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36
Pope Francis Announcing the year of Mercy, March 13, 2015
“When you have the strength to say “I want to come home,” you will find the door open. God will come to meet you because he is always waiting for you – God is always waiting for you. God embraces you, kisses you, and celebrates.”
Pope Francis General Audience October 2, 2013
A 20th century Polish Saint, St Faustina Kowalska, had a series of visions of Jesus which became the basis for Divine Mercy Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter). In her diary she recorded the following message from Jesus.
“Come with faith to the feet of my representative (in the sacrament of reconciliation)… and make your confession before me. The person of the priest is, for me, only a screen. Never analyse what sort of priest that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would me, and I will fill it with my light. Whoever places his trust in my mercy will be filled with my divine peace at the hour of death.”
Sisters of Life
The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, these women take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They are also consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Their ministry extends mercy and healing to women.
Reconciliation is a profound way to experience Gods mercy in your life. A simple five minutes to slow down and reflect is all you need to make this sacrament meaningful and significant. One of the most useful tools to help you prepare is an Examination of Conscience.