This week the Archdiocese of Melbourne recognises and celebrates Family Week. The theme for Family Week is The Spirit of Hope. Catholic Care, the Archdiocesan organisation charged with promoting Family Week, has stated that “Hope and trust are essential ingredients in family relationships and in communities, and this forms the basis of the 2019 Family Week theme; Building Connections in the Spirit of Hope.” In real terms, we recognise that family life is diverse, subject to complexities and has its own unique narrative that is at once profoundly personal and yet universally recognisable.
Only a few years ago when Rome hosted two Synods on the family, Pope Francis, a man known for his deep compassion for people, especially those who are disadvantaged or suffering, spoke at length about the need to be profoundly aware of the challenges and complexities of family life in a contemporary, pluralistic society.
Pope Francis’ awareness that human life has an incompleteness, a brokenness, extended to his reflection that he sees families more as works in progress rather than settled realities. He says, “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love”. He knows well that families and family life have a rich complexity inasmuch as that they experience many sufferings as well as many joys.
He speaks of the many and varied situations of families. He calls the family a “multifaceted gem”. He is aware that families are shaped by diverse cultural situations. There is not just one model for the way families operate.
Pope Francis astutely knows the human situations of the world we live in today. Yet he is positive and encouraging. He wants the Church to be amongst people in the realities of their lives. He wants the Church to reflect Christ who “never failed to show compassion and closeness to the frailty of individuals.”
On issues like the family, he speaks about the desire of the Church to come close to people and accompany them with “pastoral mercy”. He wants the Church to listen to people and encourage those whose situation is complex and diverse.
He has stated quite strongly in terms that re-affirm that love is the sustaining force to family life. Love within the family context takes on many shapes and expressions. Family is, in fact, a “dynamic process”, “one which advances gradually with the progressive integration of the gifts of God”.
In this week of Family Week, we pray to the Holy Family for all families within our college community. We pray that the Holy Family watches over them especially in times of need.
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Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast