It was when I was in Mintong, Arunachal Pradesh that I happened to meet Mongdap Wangpan, a Wancho girl of about eight years. She amazed me with her strong will to learn. She was in the class, with her baby brother tied close to her back as most tribal women do in those areas. She…
My yearning for your word, my beloved
Burns from within, I can’t handle.
I know I have life in them
But I’m dead for being not satiated.
Consecrated persons’ call to be bearers of God’s love is expressed in effective family ministry. Anyone who has met the Lord and follows him faithfully is a messenger of the joy of the Spirit. The fruitfulness of one’s pastoral ministry proceeds from the realization that joy is not a useless ornament. It is a necessity, the foundation of human life. In their daily struggles, every man and woman tries to attain joy and abide in it with the totality of their being.
“The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church,” says Pope Francis as he begins the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The family is the basic cell of society and the fundamental ecclesial community, the Church that is the home. As the Church is a ‘family of families’ the joy experienced among the members of a family reaches out also to the wider community of church as a whole.