Synod on the Family—Stay Informed

SynodFamilyYesterday was Day 7 of the Synod on the Family, which is meeting for much of this month to discuss how the Catholic Church can better support the pastoral needs of Catholic families around the world. There is much to know about the Synod and many places to turn to for updated information on what’s happening in Rome. One comprehensive source for Synod news is Our Sunday Visitor, which has compiled a number of great resources and sites with information and updates. Another is the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which offers basic information about the Synod, as well as prayers and other resources for Catholic families, individuals, and parishes. Please join me in praying the following prayer for those participating in this Synod on the Family:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust. 

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing. 

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan. 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

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