Monthly themes are based on the theme for the year OUR WORLD, A FAMILY OF FAMILIES
January -:Family Beginnings.
February – Loves Gives Families Life
March – Family Rights
April – God is Family
May – Parents form Families
June – Children Belong in Families
July – Grandparents are Family roots
August – Sexuality, a Family Gift
September – Our World of Families
October – Family on Mission
November – Family Endings
December – Family, Hope for the Future
The explanation booklet contains the following:
- A short opening reflection
- Scripture quotations
- Quotations from Church documents:
- Laudato Si – on the World our common Home by Pope Francis (LS)
- Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love. On marriage and the family by Pope Francis (AL)
- Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive. A focus on Youth by Pope Francis (CV)
- Evangelium Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis (EG)
- DAILY THOUGHTS are published separately. Click here:
Month by month an aspect of family life and spirituality is highlighted
FEBRUARY OVERVIEW: "Love gives Life." God, the creator, is a lover and it is God's love that is life-giving, creating life continually, sustaining and renewing what has been created. Our task and gift as human beings and life-givers is co-creation with God. Our...
What does it mean to be a family of families and be hope for the future? Each human family is unique and different, with their own joys and anxieties and yet has an inbuilt sense of belonging to one another and to our Creator. St Francis gave us an insight that all...
Birth, growth, decline and death are the natural cycle in all of creation. For inanimate creatures it may be a painless letting go of one's place in the sun, or a cataclysmic event. Death and decay are in some instances also a source of renewal of the land. Extinction...
Every single family of any description, from a human one-parent family, to the ancient colossuses of trees in our forests, and the tiniest of creatures in the sea, has a role to play to sustain our world, as a family of families. We, the human family, uniquely have...
Many new insights have been incorporated into our way of thinking in recent years. Certainly THE WORLD OUR COMMON HOME is a beautiful image and necessary insight into understanding, not only the wonder of the whole human family but the family forms found in nature....
God looked on his creation and was pleased. Particularly good was the ability for creation, to develop and evolve through a reproductive capability. Because of the special human attributes, including free will, human sexuality is a special gift and blessing. In its...
At the opposite extreme to youth is old age. In a forest the eldest tree, in an animal troupe the oldest and wisest members, are respected and guarded by their offspring and the community. Grandparents belong in families and are its historical memory. Not all...
Birth, childhood and growth through adolescence are the most vibrant stages of life in all of creation, human, animal and plant. We understand that family relationships do exist in the animal kingdom. Vigorous growth and regrowth happen in phases that can often be...
Whether it is a study of botany, biology, human physiology or spirituality the gift of co-creation with God, in nature, should be recognized as one of God's greatest gifts. It is the male and female in many areas of nature, a man and woman, ideally through a loving...
God, as Trinity is family and every human family, not only as individuals but as a unit, is an image of God and mirrors the relationship of the Trinity. St Francis in his Canticle to the Sun, praises God in these words: ”Most High, omnipotent good Lord, to thee be...