Phnom Penh (Agenzia Fides) - "Family is the cell of society and in the family God invites us to become a small holy community, so that the light illuminates the darkness of the human heart and a source of inexhaustible grace quenches our society interested in having and in personal success": this is what Bishop Olivier Schmitthaeusler, Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh says in a message sent to Agenzia Fides, recalling that from 2017 to 2019 the community of the baptized in the Vicariate of Phnom Penh lives a time of study, prayer and catechesis on the theme of the family.
The Apostolic Vicariate of Phnom Penh has in fact proclaimed a three-year period dedicated to the family, following the pastoral outline of Amoris laetitia, which has been translated into Khmer language. 2017 was dedicated to young people and adolescents who face emotional life; in the second year, 2018, the pastoral focus is on engaged couples who are preparing for marriage; the third year will be dedicated to the Christian family as a way of holiness, with special attention to mixed marriages, where one spouse is Christian and the other is Buddhist.
"Incarnation brings us to Calvary and then to the light of the Resurrection. The struggle of the forces of evil against light finds its final outcome on Easter morning. After evil and hatred, life will always be victorious. We are the people of hope, chosen by God to radiate the world of a love that will never extinguish", notes the Vicar, urging families to always be a source of hope. In Phnom Penh a special Seminar dedicated to families was held in recent months: "Let us build new families for a new world", the Vicar urges. "Those who place their hope in the Lord find new strength, fly with eagle wings, run without getting tired, walk without slowing down", he observes, hoping that in the local Church a solid family pastoral care can be built "so that everyone can find, in the grace of Christ, new strength, comfort and support and every little family becomes a source of holy and joyful light". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 11/4/2018)