The Amoris Laetitia Family Year
After five years since the publication of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has called for an apostolic vision based on this exhortation: the year of the "Amoris Laetitia Family", which will begin on the same festivity of St. Joseph, March 19, 2021, and which will take place within the framework of recent experiences that have allowed the sense of family to be revalued.
Interview with Fr. Alexandre Awi from Vatican News
January 18th, 2021
The organization of this task was entrusted by Pope Francis to the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, whose secretary is Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, who in his wide experience in the contribution of Schoenstatt, will offer a vision of the Christian family from an organic world, in which pedagogy, human and spiritual processes play a fundamental role.
In a dialogue with Vatican News, Fr. Awi mentioned that he will establish several initiatives so that families can allow themselves to be re-enchanted by the Pope’s message, since from the biblical and evangelical perspective, the message deepens in the reality and the challenges of the family today, and at the same time, in the light of the word, it allows us to look at the configuration of Jesus in the vocation of the family: that it should be “transfigured into a proclamation of love and tenderness, so that it does not become a mere defense of a cold and lifeless doctrine. (AL59)
Amoris laetitia speaks to us of the love that first manifests itself in marriage and then becomes fruitful in the family, in children; and even touches difficult situations that are common and prevalent today: divorce, separation, abandonment; for even in these, the face of Christ becomes alive and asks us to welcome with greater love those who suffer the mourning of these realities; and beyond the judgments, to make each person see and “feel that he is part of the ecclesial community, so that, with accompaniment, his participation is prometed within the life of the community. ” (AL 243)
Another point in the Pope’s message is related to the education and accompaniment of children, even in situations of separation, and he emphasizes that God’s grace works also in life that has been darkened, as long as it “is recognized and allows itself to be illuminated by the gaze of Jesus Christ. (AL291) “A particular discernment is indispensable for the pastoral accompaniment of the separated, the divorced and the abandoned” (AL242) so that, gradually, they can open people’s hearts to “reach the fullness of God’s plan for them. (AL297)
In the context of this message, Father Alexandre Awi commented that this new time will allow “families throughout the world, their parishes, as a domestic Church, Episcopal conferences and family movements, to take up again the apostolic exhortation. It is important to immerse oneself in the richness of these words, the beauty of family love, in all its biblical, theological and pastoral aspects; and to let oneself be enchanted again by the Pope’s message for the families of today’s world. ” he emphasized.
Fr. Awi proposed in many ways to participate in parishes, dioceses and family movements, offering help to pastors and family pastoral agents, so that the work is carried out with “ardor, dedication and starting from the families themselves,” he said, and continued: “Families are precisely the protagonists, subjects of evangelization, especially called by the Pope.
“As this exhortation has been applied in the different countries, an endless number of initiatives have arisen and will re-emerge; such as the preparation of marriages and the accompaniment of marriages, revitalized from the document,” remarked Fr. “And we also want to produce material such as explanatory videos with the Pope’s own words, which will help us to deepen our understanding of each of the nine chapters of the Exhortation. It is a way for us to learn better what the Holy Father is inviting us to live as a family,” he concluded.