Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love everybody in the whole world. There are only four people in our family and I find it very hard to love them all. ~Ann (aged 8)

Family relations are indeed complex. We are nothing without family and yet family can be a tough place at times. Our family home is the place where we grumble the most but are treated the best. Thankfully for the most part we do our best to get on, we make allowances, we forgive and forget, we plan, we hope and we journey along together as best we can. The family is intended to be a community of life and love. It plays a central role in our human formation and growth. Sometimes the grass seems greener on the other side of the fence or that some families seem to have everything. If only life was as simple as that. No family has it all worked out or ever will. We pray today for our own family and for any family we know going through a difficulty or crisis. During these summer months and holidays, we pray that families can get a chance to relax, unwind and take things a little easier.
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