"Families, did you know? Love is calling your children"

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fam-018-eAgain this year, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is reaching out to Canadian families with its 2011 Message, "Families, did you know? Love is calling your children". The new publication focuses on vocations, and is being released just after the recent celebration of World Youth Day in Madrid.

The message recognizes that the young are searching for meaning and ideals, and wish to understand the meaning of their own special calling. COLF hopes to help parents, teachers, pastors and catechists respond to this search for a “mission in life”. 

All the baptized, the message states, are called “at the hour of this new evangelization … to be witnesses to hope.” The text begins with a reminder that every child is “unique and irreplaceable,” and so also has a unique mission. It points out that children come to know and trust God in their family life, and so learn to love as Jesus did and to follow him. The message then looks at the paths of marriage, the ministerial priesthood, consecrated life and apostolic celibacy.

An initiative of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, COLF is co-sponsored by the Conference and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. It promotes respect for human life and dignity, and the essential role of the family.

Printed copies of the 2011 Message to Families can be ordered from or by phoning 613-241-9461, extension 161.
Last Updated on Monday, September 12 2011  
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