"I would like to ask you all a question…. How are things when it comes to joy at home? Is there joy in your family?"
- Pope Francis
The presence of God in the family brings joy, in good times and bad, because with God all things are possible.
Using brief meditations from Pope Francis followed by questions for reflection Pope Francis and the Joy of Family Life offers insight into how you can create an oasis of joyful love within your own family. Spend a few minutes every day in prayer with Pope Francis, and help your family discover God's plan in which every family member "feels that God is close and feels loved by him."
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.
Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.
||Kevin Cotter is a missionary with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) where he serves as the Director of Curriculum. He writes on evangelization, discipleship, bible studies, and Pope Francis on the FOCUS Blog and FOCUS' resource website, focusequip.org. As the creator of popealarm.com, Kevin notified over 100,000 people about Pope Francis' election via text and email. He holds a MA in Sacred Scripture from the Augustine Institute and lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Lisa and their young children.
Today, many couples get married not knowing how to live this amazing vocation with joy. Kevin Cotter does a masterful job of sharing Pope Francis' insights into the Joy of Family Life, encourages couples and families to live their faith at a deeper more meaningful level. Pope Francis and the Joy of Family Life would make a great gift for friends and family in need of a spark to reignite the true joy that we are invited to experience in marriage and family.
- Curtis & Michaelann Martin, Founders of FOCUS
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students
With gadgets and smartphones often drowning out dinnertime conversations and deep familial relationships, Kevin Cotter has provided a superior resource in Pope Francis and the Joy of Family Life, all from the words of Pope Francis. This book should make it's way to every family's dinner table for daily discussions that will build stronger, faithful and joyful families.
-Greg and Jennifer Willits, GregandJennifer.com. Authors of "The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living" and hosts of "Greg and Jennifer's Adventures in Imperfect Living" podcast
Kevin Cotter has done a wonderful service to the Church by making the touching and personal thoughts of our Holy Father so accessible; in this book, Cotter helps us to get know Pope Francis as our Holy "Father," a pastor who makes manifest the unfathomable mercy of Jesus Christ. We have found this book to be a wonderful way to encounter not only the thought of Pope Francis, but also the undying love God has for each of us.
- Dr. Andrew Swafford, author of John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again and Sarah Swafford, author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships