ministry part of the tradition of the Province of French-speaking Western
The Province has much expertise and a long tradition of
educating young people and couples, but family ministry is something more than
that. The Church has always insisted strongly on providing a special ministry
to families, and this is quite in keeping with what Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia. Father Provincial has
today encouraged us to value what is already being done and to coordinate it better,
but he also wants us to develop simple, joyful new proposals that are creatively
adapted to realities of today’s families.
spirituality have its own treasures that can help families, and were you able
to draw on them during the Marseille meeting?
spirituality is the art of not overlooking one’s own existence but of taking
the time to savor what is good in it, to give it a name, and to decide
accordingly. Well, this is what forms the basis of quality family time, when we
try to listen attentively to each other in order to find ways to progress
together. Ignatian spirituality is also a very deliberate way of walking with
the Christ of the Gospels, and this makes family members regard one another
with benevolence and expectation. It encourages a type of authority that liberates
and give everyone confidence in an open, diversified world. During the “Family
Programme” in Marseille, there was plenty of space for interiority and
listening to the Word.