A Scripture Resource Exploring Real Questions in Family Life
“There is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems … the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope … the great values of marriage and the Christian family correspond to a yearning that is part and parcel of human existence.”
Pope Francis, The Joy of Love #57
In our Christian tradition, the word ‘blessing’ holds within it the sense of communicating life from God, who loves us all deeply and is very close to us. Counting our Blessings is a scripture-based resource designed for flexible use in accompanying families in a variety of pastoral-catechetical settings in homes, parishes and schools.
In a guided small-group process, each session explores a real question about life in ordinary everyday language: What’s it like to fall in love? To care for someone who is suffering? To grieve? To be lonely? To be listened to? And then to hear the voice of God through Scripture speaking into our lives – a word of love and acceptance, guidance, comfort, or courage – and to share together the blessings hidden in this experience.
- Whether used as part of a programme of sacramental preparation, or at times of pastoral need or opportunity, the aims of Counting our Blessings are:
- To support parish and school communities as they walk with families of every shape and size in a steady, reassuring journey in faith.
- To help create a space for conversations where people – especially those ‘on the edge’ of Church life – can tell their stories, fostering a new sense of welcome and belonging in the wider community of God’s family.
- To help develop a confident, natural openness to hearing God speak through Scripture, connecting with their family loving, giving and caring for life, and in facing the challenges.
- To affirm and celebrate the God-given, vital mutual blessings flowing between families and communities.
May we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us. Pope Francis, The Joy of Love #325.