“The lesson is this: As families, we need to teach our children that what we do becomes who we are. We need to share more and acquire less. We need to unplug a little from the network of noise that surrounds us. And we need to create the room for a silence that we can fill with conversation; conversation with each other and with God.
We can’t do this alone. And therein lies the tremendous value of families coming together to reinforce each other’s vocation, to deepen their faith and to experience the presence of God. This is the mission of the World Meeting of Families: to show the joy of authentic family life to the world, and to invite others from around the world to share in it.
In September next year, families from around the globe will gather in Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families. We have strong hopes that our wonderful Pope Francis will join us. And we’re confident that the Spirit of God and his transforming joy will bless everyone who takes part. This is a moment of grace not just for Catholics, but for the whole Philadelphia region and people of good will across the wider community; an opportunity for renewal that comes once in a lifetime. All will be welcome. So please keep this gathering in your daily prayers. And please, please, urge others to join us here in the City of Brotherly Love in 2015!”
For more information, visit www.worldmeeting2015.org.