August is the best month for taking your foot of the ‘work pedal’ a bit and concentrating on family. Older member families won’t be around forever, and if we are not careful we will be left with regrets that we left things un-said. All to quickly our children grown up and leave the nest, and if we are not careful we will have missed out on things we wished we had shared. The ‘here and now’ is the best time to celebrate family life. Family life is important. It’s within our own families that we build each other’s sense of value. It’s within our own families that we grow stronger. This month we are invited to share Pope Francis’ prayer intention, “… That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.”
OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[We pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith, strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen.