When Pope Francis presented his final talk to the assembled Synod of Bishops on the family on Oct. 24, the speech was released by the Vatican with footnotes, including an acrostic on “famiglia,” the Italian word for family.
Thanks to Rocco Palmo, who pointed out the hidden papal reflection on the church’s family mission on his blog, Whispers in the Logia. The first letters of the words in bold face spell out “famiglia.” The following is the text of footnote 8 of the Oct. 24 papal talk.
An acrostic look at the word “family” [Italian: “famiglia”] can help us summarize the church’s mission as the task of:
Forming new generations to experience love seriously, not as an individualistic search for a pleasure then to be discarded, and to believe once again in true, fruitful and lasting love as the sole way of emerging from ourselves and being open to others, leaving loneliness behind, living according to God’s will, finding fulfilment, realizing that marriage is “an experience which reveals God’s love, defending the sacredness of life, every life, defending the unity and indissolubility of the conjugal bond as a sign of God’s grace and of the human person’s ability to love seriously” (Homily for the Opening Mass of the Synod, 4 October 2015: L’Osservatore Romano, 5-6 October 2015, p. 7) and, furthermore, enhancing marriage preparation as a means of providing a deeper understanding of the Christian meaning of the sacrament of Matrimony; Read more »