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The Blessings of Family


The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love.

obrienholyfamilyThe family is an intermediate institution between individuals and society, and nothing can completely take its place ....  The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society, and a great and lifelong treasure for couples.

It is a unique good for children, who are meant to be the fruit of the love, of the total and generous self-giving of their parents....  The family is also a school that enables men and women to grow to the full measure of their humanity....  O God, who in the Holy Family left us a perfect model of family life lived in faith and obedience to your will, help us to be examples of faith and love for your commandments.



benedictPope Benedict XVI. "The Blessings of Family." from an address during the Holy Father's apostolic journey to Valencia (Spain) on occasion of the fifth world meeting of families. (8 July 2006).

Reprinted with permission of Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 

image: by Michael O'Brien

The Author

Benedict73smBenedict72Pope Benedict XVI is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, Vol II, Jesus of Nazareth, Vol I, Caritas in Veritate: Charity in Truth, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi, God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est,The End of Time?: The Provocation of Talking about God, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam, Salt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church at the End of the Millennium, God and the World: Believing and Living in Our Time, In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, The Spirit of the Liturgy, The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church, Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Introduction to Christianity, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, Behold the Pierced One, and God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life.

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