“Ours is not a do-it yourself faith or a go-it-alone religion,” says the Archbishop of Southwark in Homily for Solemnity of the Holy Family

The Archbishop of Southwark has reminded the faithful of his diocese that Christian families are places where believing and belonging go together, giving much-needed witness to the “unchanging virtues of faith, love, and hope, of patience, mercy and kindness.”

In his Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family, Archbishop John Wilson said that this day celebrates the sanctity and life together of the Holy Family, and offers an opportunity for us to reflect on our own family lives, whether our close relations or the wider family of the Church.

“Whatever ups and downs the past year has brought, remember that you belong to Christ. In our isolation or distance, in our fear or disappointment, we have a home in Christ and in His Church.” said the archbishop.

“The Lord never will never forget us or abandon us. How we need to be reminded of this, especially in difficult times.¬†We are united to Christ, and to each other, in the family of the Church. Ours is not a do-it yourself faith or a go-it-alone religion. Believing and belonging go together.”

Full text of Archbishop John’s Pastoral Letter

Story by Joseph Kelly of www.thecatholicnetwork.co.uk