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Pope explains holiness and the importance of building family bonds

Benedict XVI noted that to fully embrace holiness means to live the virtue of charity throughout one?s life. It?s also through the celebrations of the sacraments and prayer that we attain holiness. Benedict XVI“In the pursuit of holiness, we allow the seed of God?s life and love to be cultivated by hearing his word and putting it into practice, by prayer and the celebrations of the sacraments, by sacrifice and service of our brothers and sisters.”The pope said that each saint can serve as a model for each of us and help to encourage us down the road towards eternal life. Benedict XVI also recognized the Third National Family Gathering in Melbourne, saying their work helps to deepen the bonds of the family.Benedict XVI“This important event is an occasion for you not only to witness to the bonds of affection within your individual families, but also to deepen them with the wider family of God, which is the Church.”The National Family Gathering is sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of Australia and works to build a new culture of life and love through family.AECTVJM-BN