Celebrating The Sacrament of Marriage

When people talk about life in a family, they speak of love with its abiding peace, its searing pain, its moments of joy and disappointment, its heroic struggle and ordinary routines.

“Family is where someone loves you no matter what,” a teenager declares.

“Family doesn’t mean just mom, dad, and kids, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others,” explains a Hispanic woman.

“In a family you don’t have to look very far to find your cross,” a father observes.

“My child asks me such mystical questions,” reports a young mother. “I learn so much.”

“My teenagers were very sensitive to me during my divorce. God was there for me,” a single parent recalls.

The story of family life is a story about love—shared, nurtured, and sometimes rejected or lost. In every family God is revealed uniquely and personally, for God is love and those who live in love, live in God and God dwells in them (cf. 1 Jn 4:16).

And so our message is one that springs from love and that offers you a reflection on love: how it is experienced in a family, how it is challenged today, how it grows and enriches others, and how it needs the support of the whole Church.

USCCB: A Pastoral Message of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to Families
On the Occasion of the United Nations 1994 International Year of the Family

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