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Pope Francis

“…we are invited to boast of the abundance of the grace with which we are permeated in Jesus Christ, by way of the faith. Paul wants to make us understand that, if we learn to read everything in the light of the Holy Spirit, we realize that everything is grace! Everything is a gift! If we pay attention, in fact — in history, as in our life — it is not only we who are acting, but above all it is God. He is the absolute protagonist who creates every thing as a gift of love, who weaves his plan of salvation and who leads it to fulfillment for us, through his Son Jesus. We are asked to recognize all this, to welcome it with gratitude and to make it become a source of praise, of blessing and of great joy. If we do this, we are at peace with God and we experience freedom. This peace is then extended to all areas and to all the relationships of our life: we are at peace with ourselves, we are at peace in our family, in our community, at work and with the people we encounter each day on our journey.“                                                                                                                            Pope Francis

General Audience Paul VI Hall 15 February 2017 (extract )                                                                                                                                                                                           

   Joy of the Gospel              Love in the Family

“The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him.  What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known?   If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts.”                                                   Pope Francis                                        Apostolic Exhortation                   November 2013   Paragraph 264 (Extract)

“Families should not see themselves as a refuge from society, but instead go forth from their homes in a spirit of solidarity with others.  In this way, they become a hub for integrating persons into society and a point of contact between the public and private spheres.  Married couples should have a clear awareness of their social obligations.  With this, their affection does not diminish but is flooded with new light. “                         Pope Francis                                    Apostolic Exhortation   March 2016 Paragraph 181 (extract)

   Care of our Common Home

“  it is clear that the human person, endowed with reason and knowledge, is not an external factor to be excluded. While human intervention on plants and animals is permissible when it pertains to the necessities of human life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that experimentation on animals is morally acceptable only “if it remains within reasonable limits [and] contributes to caring for or saving human lives”. The Catechism firmly states that human power has limits and that “it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly”. All such use and experimentation “requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation”.”

Pope Francis   Encyclical   May 2015   Paragraph 130 (extract)