Skip to comments.Pope Francis to youth: have the courage to get married, have children
Posted on 10/07/2013 7:33:42 AM PDT by Morgana
ASSISI, Italy, Oct. 4, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) Pope Francis urged youth today to have the courage to get married and have children despite a culture that emphasizes individual rights over family.
The pope made the remarks in Assisi during an energetic question and answer session with a number of young people.
"Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage," the pope told the crowds assembled in the square outside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, according to CNS.
The pope pointed out that marriage is a "real vocation, just like priesthood and religious life are. Two Christians who marry each other have recognized in their love story the Lord's call, the vocation to form one flesh, one life from the two, male and female."
The pope told the story of a woman who told him she had a son who was in his 30s who had a girlfriend, but wouldnt get married. Earlier in the day the pope visited a home in Assisi for seriously disabled children.
"I told her, 'Ma'am, stop ironing his shirts,'" the pope said to laughter.
"It takes courage to start a family," he said, adding that the world will put obstacles in the way of those who want to do so, by "privileging individual rights rather than the family."
He criticized the culture of divorce, saying: You know that marriage is for a lifetime? 'Yes, we love each other, but we'll stay together as long as love lasts. When it's over, we go our separate ways.' That is selfishness.
The pope also shared a reflection on his own parents and previous generations, saying that while they faced significant economic hardships and war, they knew with "certainty that the Lord was with them, that their family was blessed by God with the sacrament of matrimony and that their mission of bringing children into the world and raising them also was blessed."
The pope urged couples never to end the day angry. "Argue as much as you like, even if the plates fly that is fine, but never end the day without making peace, he said jokingly.
Pope Francis is visiting Assisi on the day the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of his patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi.
The day began with a visit to a home for seriously disabled children, where the pope greeted many of the children. Later he celebrated a Solemn Mass outside the Basilica of St. Francis, where he delivered a homily emphasizing the theme of the peace of St. Francis.
Franciscan peace is not something saccharine. Hardly! That is not the real Saint Francis! the pope said. Nor is it a kind of pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos That is not Franciscan either; it is a notion some people have invented! The peace of Saint Francis is the peace of Christ, and it is found by those who 'take up' their 'yoke', namely, Christs commandment: Love one another as I have loved you (cf. Jn 13:34; 15:12). This yoke cannot be borne with arrogance, presumption or pride, but only with meekness and humbleness of heart."
He also urged the assembled crowds to respect each human being.
May there be an end to armed conflicts which cover the earth with blood, he said, may the clash of arms be silenced; and everywhere may hatred yield to love, injury to pardon, and discord to unity. Let us listen to the cry of all those who are weeping, who are suffering and who are dying because of violence, terrorism or war, in the Holy Land, so dear to Saint Francis, in Syria, throughout the Middle East and everywhere in the world.
“Rights” today means anarchy. It once meant freedom to be moral.
Well that is a great message.
Hope we get some takers: “The world must be peopled!”
Get married whether it’s to Mr or Mrs right, regardless, live in debt, have children you can’t afford, go on welfare, live the good life.
Have children or have material things. Most just have material things.
Holy Father. We, unlike you, need money. A stable job. Before we get married we want to be sure we can provide for the wife’s and children’s needs. In socialist Italy and in the USA, there are no more jobs for responsible, hard-working productive individuals. The irresponsible lazy slobs who produce baby after baby don’t have to work, since the government rewards them.
Eh? Talk about what socialism does to families.
Interestingly there is an ad running on my local Christian radio station urging young people to pretty much do the same thing.
He is preaching the Gospel.
A job, is a job, is a job.
He is doing the will of the Lord.
LOL! That's exactly why Italian young men don't get married. They work but live at home, Mamma does everything for them (although she probably works herself), and there's no restriction on their - er - "social" life now that girls are so available without the bother of marrying them.
I think a lot more young men live at home in Europe than in the US. It's just easier. Why grow up?
Great Much Ago About Nothing reference.
Kinda off the wall thingie.
It was a kinda off the wall thingie ....
This guy is growing on me!
The Church has satanically usurped the role of men and given it to government.
With a 50% illegitamcy rate subsidized by governemnt, marriage and family out of reach for increasing numbers of men who want to play by the rules: Get a career, then get married, then have children.
Many will be forced to pay taxes their entire lives to support the bastard children of other men while not getting to have families of their own.
Educate yourself on the Catholic principle of subsidiarity, which is exactly opposite to any notion of a "giant leviathan government" as "husband and father".
Socialism is not a Catholic principle, any muddleheaded observations by various American bishops notwithstanding.
"No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist" -- Pope Pius XI