“The family that prays together stays together.” (St. John Paul II)
May 1, 2007
The Family Day was held at the IVE Seminary at Montefiascone (VT), and was organized by the IVE Priests and Seminarians.
More than 800 people participated, with families and children coming from various rts of Italy. In the morning, after a small refreshment, the day started with a presentation and greeting by the Provincial Superior, Fr. Ernesto Caparros, IVE. Fr. Marcelo Lattanzio, IVE continued the day with a conference on “How to live the virtues in the family”, which was noted by all who were present for its simplicity, while at the same time being profound and down to earth. After lunch, which was celebrated in joy with songs sung by the sisters and comical acts put on by the fathers, there was another conference titled, “Receiving with joy Natural Family Planning as a gift of self and lifestyle” given by the Adami Family, who spoke of natural family planning in marriage, another very current theme.
Immediately afterward there was a procession with our “Madonna of Luján,” and we were directed toward the Cathedral where we prayed the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass was celebrated. In the Mass, some lay people were joined to our Religious Family through the Third Order and were consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary according to the vow of consecration by St. Louis Marie Grignion di Montfort. As St. John Paul II claimed, “…surrender to Mary, in the spirit of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, has seemed to me the best means of participating fruitfully and effectively in this reality, in order to draw from it and share with others its inexpressible riches… (Const. #83)
We pray that this day may be for all who participated a living source in order to deepen, rediscover, and initiate life in the family, that it may be more united and holy. Our Religious Family seeks to cultivate with common prayer and testimony of life, the spirit of family, so that all of us, religious and lay people, may “…commit all our strength to inculturate the Gospel, that is to say, to extend the Incarnation “to all men, in the whole man, and in all of the manifestations of man…” (Const. #5).