Pope Benedict XVI invites Christian married couples to be “the sweet and smiling face of the Church” in a message sent to the eleventh international meeting of the “Equipes Notre Dame” Movement, currently being held in Brasilia, Brazil, on the theme: “Daring with the Gospel”. The “Equipes Notre Dame” Movement, which promotes conjugal spirituality, was founded in 1939 by the French priest Fr. Henri Caffarel.
In the message, sent through Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., the Pope expresses the view that Christian married couples must be “the best and most convincing messengers of the beauty of a love supported and nourished by the faith, a gift of God which is given to everyone abundantly and generously, so that day after day they can discover the meaning of their lives”. The Holy Father also notes that the “Equipes Notre Dame” encourage members to avail themselves of the Sacraments, and to make simple concrete commitments such as the “duty to sit down together”; that is, to dedicate time to interpersonal dialogue between the spouses.
“In our world, which is so deeply marked by individualism, activism, haste and distraction, sincere and constant dialogue between spouses is essential to avoid the emerge, development and degeneration of misunderstandings which, unfortunately, often lead to irreparable breaks which no one can then mend”, the message concludes.