A family that doesn't eat together is 'hardly a family,' pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.
Continuing his catechetical series on family life, the pope reflected on the theme of togetherness, which is manifested at the dinner table. The pope said that "to share a meal -- and not just food, but also affection, stories, events -- is a fundamental experience."
The pope said Christians have a special vocation to foster family togetherness. The dinner table, he noted, is the place chosen by Jesus to teach his disciples and where he summarized the meaning of his death on the cross "that nourishes true and everlasting love."
Are we willing to commit to at least one "family" meal per day?
Is it a meal on the run, or, a time to share food, affection and stories?
- In the Baptism rite parents agree to be the first teachers of the faith.
- How can parents, like Jesus, use the dinner table to teach faith and love?
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