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Epiphany – as the twelfth day approaches

“The Crib” – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo

As the “Epiphany” Kings arrive, it’s time for us to take our leave of the Crib but not to leave its message behind. Maybe a minute or two with some highlights from that message might be no harm:

  • Strangers in search of safe lodgings
  • A shed – a room – made available
  • A couple uncertain of what the future had in store
  • Shepherds/workers setting aside their work to go and “do homage”
  • Animals – “All God’s creatures have a place in the choir”
  • Angels – heard from on high but only truly heard in the heart and soul of faith
  • Kings – people in authority – realising theirs was a passing authority
  • Words, actions, kindness witnessed and “pondered in the heart”
  • In and through it all the Hand and Will of God – a plan unfolding.
  • MISSION – it does not end in the crib – in truth it begins here
  • The baby became a man ….
  • The man made a difference
  • We’re called to do the same.

“Companions on the journey”

Amoris Laetitia (on love in the family)


The second Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis has been published today, Friday 8 April 2016. Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family.

Amoris Laetitia runs to 261 pages and is divided into nine chapters as follows:

  • Chapter One – In The Light The Word
  • Chapter 2 – The Experiences And Challenges Of Families
  • Chapter 3 – Looking To Jesus: The Vocation Of The Family
  • Chapter 4 – Love In Marriage
  • Chapter 5 – Love Made Fruitful
  • Chapter 6 – Some Pastoral Perspectives
  • Chapter 7 – Towards A Better Education Of Children
  • Chapter 8 – Accompanying, Discerning And Integrating Weakness
  • Chapter 9 – The Spirituality Of Marriage And The Family

Amoris Laetitia is being presented this morning in the Vatican by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, O.P., Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and by the married couple Professor Francesco Miano, lecturer in moral philosophy at the University of Rome, and Professor Giuseppina De Simone Miano, lecturer in philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples. The press conference can be watched live on www.vatican.va.