LifeSiteNews reports on Pope Francis's talk with young people in Assisi, where he made clear what marriage is and what it is not, (which, you'll notice, has not received the breathless press coverage accorded to some of his other conversations). His Holiness also stressed the great adventure of family life:
'Pope Francis urged youth today to have the 'courage' to get married and have children despite a culture that emphasizes “individual rights' over family.
The pope made the remarks in Assisi during an energetic question and answer session with a number of young people.
'Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage,' the pope told the crowds assembled in the square outside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, according to CNS.
The pope pointed out that marriage is a 'real vocation, just like priesthood and religious life are. Two Christians who marry each other have recognized in their love story the Lord's call, the vocation to form one flesh, one life from the two, male and female.'
The pope told the story of a woman who told him she had a son who was in his 30s who had a girlfriend, but wouldn’t get married. 'I told her, 'Ma'am, stop ironing his shirts,'' the pope said to laughter.
'It takes courage to start a family,' he said, adding that the world will put obstacles in the way of those who want to do so, by 'privileging individual rights rather than the family.'
He criticized the culture of divorce, saying: 'You know that marriage is for a lifetime? 'Yes, we love each other, but we'll stay together as long as love lasts. When it's over, we go our separate ways.' That is selfishness.'
The pope also shared a reflection on his own parents and previous generations, saying that while they faced significant economic hardships and war, they knew with 'certainty that the Lord was with them, that their family was blessed by God with the sacrament of matrimony and that their mission of bringing children into the world and raising them also was blessed.'
The pope urged couples never to end the day angry. 'Argue as much as you like, even if the plates fly that is fine, but never end the day without making peace,' he said jokingly."