In a culture overrun with false ideas of what it means to be family, Catholics face the sometimes daunting task of choosing what kind of influences they will allow into their homes and what kind of lives they will lead. Yet these choices should be seen as opportunities to embrace and give witness to a life more dynamic than any our secular culture could imagine. As Pope Francis says, “we are called, rather, to review our own lifestyle which is always exposed to the risk of being contaminated by a worldly mentality — individualist, consumerist, hedonist — and to rediscover ever again the royal road, in order to live and proclaim the grandeur and beauty of marriage and the joy of being and making a family.”
The preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families — 2015 Philadelphia, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” captures the vocation of Catholic families in the title of its final chapter, “Choosing Life.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia calls the chapter a summation of the Gospel and urges us to wholeheartedly brave the challenges facing families today. Professor Helen Alvaré writes on ways we can inspire our culture to choose life and the family. And Daniel McGriffin of Catholic Voices USA describes the attentiveness we are called to have in the everyday choices of family life.
Updating us from the city of Philadelphia, seminarian Eric Banecker profiles three new ministries in the city that are working to revive the Faith in the hearts and minds of the poor, intellectuals and young adults.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput: Choosing life brings challenges, unmatched joy
Helen Alvaré: Wisdom of the popes helps us find creative ways to inspire our culture to choose life, family
Daniel McGiffin: Attentiveness in the everyday choices is part of the vocation of Catholic families
Eric Banecker: New ministries revive Philadelphia Catholicism
“To live the mission of the domestic church means that Catholic families will sometimes live as minorities, with different values from their surrounding culture. Our mission of love will require courage and fortitude. Jesus is calling, and we can respond, choosing lives of faith, hope, charity, joy, service and mission.”