"Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches"
Holiness is as simple as having a warm supper awaiting those who are coming home at night, or a hug bestowed after a hard day’s work. This was part of Pope Francis’ message this afternoon as he celebrated the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families.
"Like happiness, holiness is always tied to little gestures," he said, drawing from Christ’s affirmation that even a cup of cold water given in his name would not go unrewarded.
"These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family; they get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different," the Pope said. "They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children, by siblings. They are little signs of tenderness, affection and compassion. Like the warm supper we look forward to at night, the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work. Homely gestures. Like a blessing before we go to bed, or a hug after we return from a hard day’s work. Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith."
The Holy Father said these things are "little miracles" and Jesus asks us to go through our every day life "encouraging all these little signs of love as signs of his own living and active presence in our world."
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