July 24, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

Last week’s reflection on Pope Francis’ letter On Love in the Family brought us to a consideration of the role of conversation and dialog in the family. He makes a special effort to encourage us to avoid harsh words in our relationships and to avoid venting on another or ... Read More »

July 17, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

Pope Francis, in his letter On Love in the Family, encourages the use of three simple but profound words in family life. At least two are staples of many homes and families, but the third, perhaps, could do with a little more attention. The essential words he refers to ... Read More »

July 10, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

Pope Francis reflects on joy as an essential aspect of married love. It is joy, he says, that “increases our pleasure and helps us find fulfillment in any number of things, even at those times of life when physical pleasure as ebbed.”126 In a very real way, this reflection ... Read More »

July 3, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

Following his scriptural reflections on love in 1Corinithians, Pope Francis turns to address some of the more profound ideas on Love in the Family. He addresses himself first to conjugal love, or love between husband and wife. He sees it as being a unique kind of love which “combines ... Read More »

June 26, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

I’m interrupting our reading of the Papal Exhortation on Love in the Family this week, as it will be some time before I write another column in this place. As most of you are aware, I will be taking leave of you all for a six-month sabbatical.

In the ... Read More »

June 19,2016

Posted by Anne Wing

In our ongoing reading of Pope Francis’ reflection on Love in the Family, we pick up on his reflection on 1Cor 13, and his reminder that “in our families we must learn to imitate Jesus’ own gentleness in our way of speaking to one another”100. I wonder how much ... Read More »

June 12, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

As we continue our reading of Pope Francis’ “On Love in the Family” we now enter upon chapter three, and a wonderful reflection on the nature of love in marriage. The Holy Father invites us to join him in a reflective reading of St. Paul’s passage in 1Cor 13 ... Read More »

June 5, 2016

Posted by Anne Wing

Based on the understanding, that the marriage relationship is an “icon” of the relationship between God and God’s people, the Church’s teaching on the sacramentality of marriage and the place of the family in life is better understood. “The family is the image of God who is a communion ... Read More »

May 29,2016

Posted by Anne Wing

In Chapter 3 of On Love in the Family, the Holy Father invites us to join him in reflecting on Jesus and the Family. In his opening comments, Pope Francis reminds us that the teaching of the Church “on marriage and the family cannot fail to be inspired and ... Read More »

May 22,2016

Posted by Anne Wing

Continued exploration of “On Love in the Family” by Pope Francis…

As we consider the invitation to deep generosity, commitment, and love, in order to take up the all-too real challenges of making a life with another and of growing in a marriage relationship, we are also encouraged to ... Read More »