14987721611_eaf9489755_kA Reflection on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on “The Joy of Love”
by Gary Tester, Executive Director

Pope Francis recently released a letter to families and those who minister to families called: “The Joy of Love.” In this document, Pope Francis affirms Church teaching that stable families are the building blocks of a healthy society and a place where children learn to love, respect and interact with others.

At the same time, Pope Francis urges Catholics to care for, rather than condemn, all those whose lives do not reflect the teaching of the Church. When it comes to families living in poverty, he urges us to stretch our merciful hearts to provide the healing power of grace and the light of the Gospel message.

Pope Francis writes, “The problems faced by poor households are often all the more trying. In such difficult situations of need, the Church must be particularly concerned to offer understanding, comfort and acceptance,” (The Joy of Love #49).

Catholic Charities of Central Florida offers this understanding, comfort and acceptance to each individual who enters through our doors of mercy in need of compassion.

Our works of mercy are extended to families who cannot afford medical insurance, cannot afford to pay their rent or buy food and families who have escaped war and persecution to build a new life in the United States. We also extend God’s mercy to women in crisis pregnancies and seniors who need a warm meal and friendly face to escape their solitude.

Thank you for partnering with us to be the merciful face of the Father to families in need.