Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Colonizations of the Family"

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At Friday's Meeting with Families in the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila Philippines, the Holy Father condemned and warned against the foreign powers that attack the Filipino culture and family with outside ideologies which do not come from the prayer of the Filipinos nor from their dreams.

"Just as the gift of the Holy Family was entrusted to Saint Joseph, so the gift of the family and its place in God’s plan is entrusted to us. The angel of the Lord revealed to Joseph the dangers which threatened Jesus and Mary, forcing them to flee to Egypt and then to settle in Nazareth. So too, in our time, God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm.

"God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm. And be attentive. Be attentive with the new ideological colonization.

Spanish (ad lib.)
"There are ideological colonizations, which are trying to destroy the family. They are not born from the dream of prayer, of the encounter with God, of the mission which God gives us. They come from outside. That is why I say they are colonizations. Let us not lose the freedom of the mission which God gives us, the family mission. And just as our peoples, at fixed moments in their history, arrived at the maturity to say no to any political colonization. As family we must be very clever, very agile, very strong to say no to any attempt at ideological colonization over the family. And to ask Saint Joseph, who is the friend of the Angel, to send us the inspiration to know when to say "yes" and when to say "no".

"...While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. Those are the ideological colonizations. The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.

Spanish (ad lib.)
'I think of Blessed Paul VI, in a moment when the question of population growth was presented to him. He had the valor to defend the openness to life of the family. He knew the difficulties of each family, thus in his encyclical letter [Humanae Vitae] he was so merciful regarding the particular cases. And he asked confessors to be very merciful and understanding with the particular cases. But he looked beyond. He looked to the peoples of the earth; and he say this threat of the destruction of the family by the denial of children. Paul VI was valiant, he was a good shepherd. And he alerted his sheep of the wolves that were to come. May he bless us from heaven this evening.

"Our world needs good and strong families to overcome these threats! The Philippines needs holy and loving families to protect the beauty and truth of the family in God’s plan and to be a support and example for other families. Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself. The future of humanity, as Saint John Paul II often said, passes through the family (cf. Familiaris Consortio, 85). So protect your families! See in them your country’s greatest treasure and nourish them always by prayer and the grace of the sacraments. Families will always have their trials, but may you never add to them! Instead, be living examples of love, forgiveness and care. Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death. What a gift this would be to society, if every Christian family lived fully its noble vocation! So rise with Jesus and Mary, and set out on the path the Lord traces for each of you."

Shall we call it "condom colonization," "contraception colonization," "abortion colonization," "homosexual colonization?"
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