Pope Francis rightly notes that the family unit is the first waystation on the journey to transmit faith in the world. Beginning with marriage and then possibly with children, people learn how to trust, form relationships, forgive, cooperate, and love.
A family faith is intended to follow us as we move into adulthood, and in some ways even to the time of our death. Family is an all-encompassing word.
That’s why the disolution of the family is so detrimental to the shining of the light of faith. That’s why single parents must be heralded for their courage and struggle to keep a sense of family alive. Family is one way we continue to believe and bear witness that faith is stronger than any weakness life can hurl our way.