Amoris Laetitia Family Year 2021-2022: A special year to bear witness to family love
On 19th March 2021, the Church celebrated five years since the publication of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On the same day Pope Francis launched the Year ‘Amoris Laetitia Family’, which will conclude on 26th June 2022 on the occasion of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father. You can find out more here.
The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life says “The pandemic experience has highlighted the central role of the family as the domestic Church, and has shown the importance of community ties between families.” Through the spiritual, pastoral, and cultural initiatives planned in the Year ‘Amoris Laetitia Family,’ Pope Francis intends to address all ecclesial communities throughout the world, exhorting each person to be a witness of family love.”
One of the multimedia initiatives for the Amoris Laetitia Family Year is a new series of monthly videos. Each month, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, will explain the chapters of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) alongside families who will share witness and testimony by sharing aspects of their daily lives. Pope Francis invites us to journey together to rediscover the family as a gift, despite every problem, obstacle and challenge that families have to face today.
Each video is accompanied by a guide that can be used flexibly either by families or by various ecclesial groups (diocesan, parochial, community). Each guide is then subdivided into 4 parts. Each of these can be used for further reflection in the family or in a community, in different moments as well. This tool is intended to be helpful for pastoral ministry to families, and contains proposals and suggestions that can be adapted to the local situation. The objective is to nurture reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice and, at the same time, to provide encouragement, stimulus and help to families in their spiritual and concrete daily lives (AL 4)
The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, with its simple and concrete language, is meant to reach the entire Church, particularly Christian families. Pope Francis’s advice is that it should never be read hastily, but “patiently deepened”, or finding more information on topics that interest you the most.
The Pope and Families Walking Together: video no. 1. ” Pope Francis: Today we will begin a 10 month journey undertaken together to talk about the beauty of being a family.” Walking together: guide no. 1
The Family in the Light of the Word of God: video no. 2. Pope Francis: “How do we imagine God’s love? Is there a concrete reality in the world that helps us see this love with our own eyes? Certainly there is! It is the family! The image of God is reflected in man and in woman, in conjugal love: a living ‘icon’ through which God is made manifest.” The Family in the Light of the Word of God: guide no. 2
The Vocation of the Family: video no. 3. Pope Francis: “With the same look of tenderness and mercy that Jesus had, the Church wants to accompany families so that every family might be a pillar of evangelization. I would like to say one thing to you: with the sacrament of matrimony, every family receives the grace to become a light in the darkness of the world.” Vocation of the Family: guide no. 3
Love in Marriage: video no 4. Pope Francis says: “You spouses have the gift of the grace of the sacrament that can make you perfect in love … Love is experienced and nurtured in the daily life of couples and their children.” Love in Marriage: guide no. 4
The “Foreverness” and Beauty of Love: video no. 5 Pope Francis says: “Marriage is a precious sign. It is the icon of God’s love for us … The love spouses have for each other is a dynamic process that progresses and improves over a lifetime.” The ‘Foreverness’ and Beauty of Love: guide no. 5
Fruitful Love: the gratuitous dimension of love: video no. 6 Pope Francis says: “Love always gives life. Spousal love is not exhausted within the couple, but generates a family.” Fruitful Love: guide no. 6