Lighting Hearts on Fire – “The Joy of Love & Family Conference Series” online

Lighting Hearts on Fire is a campaign of spiritual renewal within the Diocese of Metuchen that seeks to bring about a renewed zeal for evangelization among the faithful. The Diocese of Paterson, in collaboration with the other four Roman Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey, presents “The Joy of Love & Family,” a conference series in celebration of the Year of the Family as declared by Pope Francis. This series of free talks will premiere over six months, covering topics for every stage of family life. One of the June talks is presented by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Watch his video on “Protecting the Family Through the Rosary and Devotion to St. Joseph.” New to family prayer or looking to add another form of prayer to use with your family? Visio divina, “divine seeing,” is a form of prayer through art. Join us for a Zoom call with the founder of Behold, a prayer with art companion, to learn how to use this digital guide to introduce prayer to your kids in an engaging way! The Zoom Call will be held on July 6 time 8-9pm.  Please register to receive the secure Zoom Link.  I want to join! The Full Conference...

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness – Vatican News

Pope to the elderly: God sends his angels to console your loneliness Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them in his message for the first-ever World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ Pope Francis on Tuesday released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel of Matthew to all Grandparents and the elderly, reminding them that this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!” the Pope said, identifying with the elderly, as one of them. Comfort amid the pandemic The Pope’s message comes amid the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic that...

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people”

“Education in love: affectivity and sexuality. How to accompany young people” 08 June 2021 (ANS – Rome) – In the last two weeks of May and the first of June, delegates, consecrated persons and lay people from all the Provinces of the world participated in three formative sessions organized by the Youth Ministry Sector. This initiative was conceived in response to the need of the Provinces to form and share the pastoral and moral keys for the affective-sexual education of young people, thinking of educational criteria. The participation was very numerous and representative of the various realities: a total of about 580 people across three days. With great competence and skill, Professor Javier de la Torre introduced the participants to very delicate and significant issues on an educational-pastoral level, but also on a personal level. In the first meeting, the pastoral and moral keys for the affective sexual education of young people were provided. They started from a horizon in which there are insufficient models of sexuality education to arrive at principles of sexuality education that envisage a path of knowledge – as opposed to ignorance -, of openness and communication – as opposed to silence -, of attention and...

The Pope Video, May 2021: The Beauty of Marriage

Dear friends of The Pope Video,Some people say that marriage has gone out of style and that these days aren’t the right time to undertake the adventure of getting married. And yes, it’s an adventure, a great adventure—or, as Francis says, “a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort.” In order to get married, as when preparing for any journey, you need to prepare yourself well. You need to understand that “marriage isn’t just a ‘social’ act; it’s a vocation that’s born from the heart,” as the Pope says in this month’s video. Go ahead and share this message of joy that reminds us that “sharing one’s life is something beautiful.”“Let  us  pray  for  young  people  who  are  preparing  for  marriage  with  the  support  of  a  Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience”.Share the video on Facebook  MayLet us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate financial markets and protect citizens from its dangers. AprilLet us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see...

Plain Talks on Marriage

Don’t let worldly lies corrupt your marriage. Over 500,000 copies of Plain Talks on Marriage sold! Plain Talks on Marriage is back in print for the first time since the 1900s.  Society has suffered the devil’s many attacks on marriage and family since the last publication of Fr. Fulgence Meyer’s work. Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, even warned our times that “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.” Today, every major issue attacks marriage and the family. The Marriage of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph As truth about the sanctity of marriage has been silenced, divorce has become rampant and same-sex unions have been legalized. Families have been severely injured by birth control and abortion. The straightforward truth Plain Talks on Marriage offers is a solution to the evils of the world. It contains practical counsel and wisdom relevant for every Catholic married couple. What’s Inside Plain Talks on Marriage? Plain Talks on Marriage contains the antidotal truth to the destructive lies society proclaims about marriage and family. Specifically, this book addresses the following: Chapter I: Happiness in Marriage Chapter II: The Nature of Marriage Chapter III: The Purposes and Privileges of Marriage Chapter IV: Sins Against Holy...