Just One Smile From a Loving Family can Warm Coldest World, Pope...

Just One Smile From a Loving Family can Warm Coldest World, Pope says

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A child watches as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 30. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-ANGELUS-HEART Aug. 31, 2015.
A child watches as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 30. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)
A child watches as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Aug. 30. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The smile and love of a family can light up the world, bringing warmth and hope to communities that have become cold, lifeless and depressed, Pope Francis said. “No economic and political engineering is able to substitute this contribution from families,” he said Sept. 2 during his general audience talk in St. Peter’s Square. Unlike the ancient city of Babel’s “skyscrapers without life,” he said, “the Spirit of God, on the other hand, makes deserts bloom.” The pope’s catechesis on the family looked at the importance of Christian families living out their faith and sharing it with others. By experiencing God’s love, families “are transformed, are ‘made full'” to overflowing with a sense of going outside themselves to embrace all people, especially those in need, as brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, he said. Understanding what is real love and affection, which can never be bought or sold, “is the best inheritance” one can receive from one’s family, he said. The “grammar” of love is learned in the family, “otherwise it is quite difficult to learn.”