On this day when we celebrate the Holy Family, let us think of all the families who work with us and make our own Pope Francis’ prayer to the Holy Family at the conclusion of the apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love).

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate the splendour of true love;
to you we turn with trust.
5Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Graciously hear our prayer.