Our ministry as pastors and teachers is enriched by our family experience. Our vocation of leadership connects us to all families. It gives us the responsibility of opening up God's truth about human existence and sharing with you the saving resources which the Lord has entrusted to the Church.

With our Holy Father, we consider it a privilege to undertake "the mission of proclaiming with joy and conviction the good news about the family".

Yes, there is good news to tell. You may occasionally catch a glimpse of it in the news media and in conversations with neighbors or fellow workers. But the full story is to be found in Gods word. The first letter of John puts it succinctly:

In this way the love of (God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must loved one another
(l Jn4:9-11).

Thus, the basic vocation of every person, whether married or living a celibate life, is the same: follow the way of Love, even as Christ loved you (cf. Eph 5:2). The Lord issues this call to your family and to every family regardless of its condition or circumstances.

Love brought you to life as a family. Love sustains you through good and bad times. When our Church teaches that the family is an "intimate community of life and Love," it identifies something perhaps you already know and offers you a vision toward which to grow.

What you do in your family to create a community of love, to help each other to grow, and to serve those in need is critical, not only for your own sanctification but for the strength of society and our Church. It is a participation in the work of the Lord, a sharing in the mission of the Church. It is holy.