Tuesday, November 12, 2013

You are all missionaries

"Christian families are missionary families."

They are "the salt of the earth and the light of the world," the "leaven for society." They do all this by guarding the faith, not "as a private good," but as something to be shared "by our witness, by our acceptance of others, by our openness".

Pope Francis gave Christian families this task in the address he made before a crowd of 100,000 and more people gathered in St Peter's Square for this morning's Mass on Family Day on the occasion of the Year of Faith. The faithful included families from around the world, representing several generations: moms, dads, grandparents, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.