The president of the 2018 World Meeting of Families stressed that “there is no such thing as the ideal family” but that “there is an ideal of family,” which is what the Church is seeking to promote through the international gathering of families in Ireland.
In his homily delivered to a packed basilica at Knock Shrine in County Mayo, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said while there is no family that is ideal, there are “families who struggle, at times heroically.”
He also asked, “How do we help our young people to encounter the path of faithful love as the only truth path toward human happiness? How do we teach fidelity in a world where everything is disposable?”
Speaking to media at the launch of the yearlong lead-in program of catechesis on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, Archbishop Martin said the program was about long-term renewal, and that the international gathering, which up to 5,000 families from overseas are expected to attend, would not be “a seven-day wonder.”
The meeting is scheduled for 21st to 26th August 2018.
Picture: Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin is seen at the Knock Shrine in Ireland on 21st August at the launch of the yearlong lead-in to the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/courtesy John McElroy).