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During the recent World Meeting of Families in Milan, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI participated in the “Celebration of Witnesses” event by answering questions asked from families in attendance. A seven-year-old girl from Vietnam asked the Pope to talk about his own family and infancy. Here’s the Holy Father’s response:
Benedict XVI recalled the essential importance Sunday had for his family. “Sunday began on Saturday afternoon when my father would tell us the Sunday readings. … Thus we entered into the liturgy in an atmosphere of joy. The next day we would go to Mass. I lived near Salzburg so there was always music – Mozart, Schubert, Haydn – and when the ‘Kyrie’ began it was as if the sky itself had opened. … We were of one heart and soul, with many shared experiences even through difficult times because there was the war and before that the dictatorship, then poverty. But the reciprocal love that existed between us, the joy in simple things was so strong that we could bear and overcome these things. …Thus we grew up in the certainty that it is good to be human, because we could see the goodness of God reflected in parents and siblings. … In this context of trust, joy, and love we were happy and I think that heaven must be similar to my youth. In this sense I hope ‘to go home’ when I go ‘to the other part of the world’”. (Read more here.)
Parents, doesn’t that inspire you to recreate that sense of sacred for your children? It may sound unapproachable but you’ll never know if you don’t even try, right?
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