Thank you for the Prayer for Marriage & Family Life of this past month since I last wrote to you. And thank you for your efforts to keep this prayer going in your parish. I know that it is not easy with all that is going on in our lives because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns and promises of things being opened up, etc. But I know that this prayer is even more important now than ever before because of these very things.
I am sending you some input for the prayer for the month of July. The theme is Grandparents – and of course Great Grandparents too!! These are all so important in the life of faith in every family and in every parish. We need to acknowledge them and affirm them. But we also need to call on them to be bold in their role in handing on the faith to the generations to come. We can so easily lose heart. Our Grandparents and Great Grandparents have so much richness to share with our children and young people as well as with their own daughters and sons.
I encourage you to have a good go at helping your parish to take part in this prayer all through the month of July especially on the day you have chosen. I will be praying with you every day and especially on the day that you have dedicated for your own parish. Please pray for me and for all those who fill each day with this prayer. May God bless you and your families and all those you love. May God continue to keep us all safe from the virus until we come out the other end of the pandemic.