Today we celebrate Mary's great YES to God at the Annunciation - bringing about the Incarnation of our Lord.
As part of his catechesis on the family at his weekly General Audiences, Pope Francis has spoken about the poor valuing of children in our society. He has decried the commodification of children, saying that they are not "one of many ways to realize oneself in life". He has criticized the view that children are primarily a worry and a burden: "a society...
In the Gospel, we hear something special from our Lord:
I have called you friends.
Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that he does not call us slaves; he calls us his friends. He doesn't want to force his Word upon us or make us do things against our will. Like a true friend, he wants to work with us and inspire us to strive for holiness while walking with us along the way.
Nope, Natural Family Planning isn't just the "rhythm method". It's not based on guess work that assumes all women's cycles are the same. Depending on which method you use (Base Body Temp method, Ovulation method, Sympto-Thermal method) NFP is based on some combination of charting body temperatures and cervical mucus. It's a system based on measurements and data tracking.
We're so happy that Pope Francis has begun releasing video prayer intentions. May this new media effort help the Holy Father reach even more people with his message of mercy and fraternity. We're glad to share this month's video with you here:
Prayer for February 2016: Care for Creation and Encounter in Asia Universal
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February 2016 is "that we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations".
Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning
Prayer for March 2016: Families in Difficulty and Persecuted Christians