“defending and promoting human life in the family” Evangelium Vitae, 29
“In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living radiant faith,”ccc1656. This apostolate is designed to bring families together in prayer and support in order to spread the beauty and truth expressed in the Catholic Church. “Children are the supreme gift of marriage and contribute greatly to the good of the parents themselves.” ccc1652 We need to pray for openness to life and evangelize by truly living, thereby creating, a culture of life.
Anyone who wants to share their Catholic Faith by helping families, of any faith, be open to life can be a member. This organization aims to provide a bridge between all methods of natural forms of family planning and to reach everyone about the simple truth that chastity and openness to life are necessary for married people to live in God’s grace.
Living open to life can be challenging, too. Another aim of this society is to provide a consolidated support network. Members will be refreshed by building friendships with those who live a culture of life. They will find and share good local resources. They can, in turn, gain momentum and support others beginning their voyage.
To Evangelize society for a culture of life in fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church regarding all innocent human life from conception to natural death.
“Sacred Scripture and the Church’ s traditional practice see in large families a sign of God’s blessing and the parents’ generosity.” ccc2373 Every family, regardless of number, is called to have that same generosity and be open to the possibility of life. In the midst of much business, danger, and distraction, they must hold firm to the richness of faith, hope, and love. In order to do this, they need prayer, an example, resources, and support as they are encouraged to live more fully the life of the sacraments in the Church. It was in this spirit, first demonstrated to us by the the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Holy Family, that we took up the patronage of Our Lady of Joyful Hope.
By becoming a member of the Society of Joyful Hope, you can help us as we strive to diligently cultivate more holy and “believing families.”