See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
44. For good reason, we hear delight in Adam’s words at his first sight of Eve: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” (Gen 2:23, NRSV) The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that, from the beginning, “man discovers woman as another ‘I,’ sharing the same humanity.” Man and woman share an equal dignity that comes from God their Creator. In God’s plan, both the similarity and otherness of man and woman coincide in their sexual complementarity as masculine and feminine. Created together (Gen 1:26- 27), man and woman are willed for each other. Sexual difference is a primordial reminder that we are made to give ourselves away to others guided by virtue and God’s love.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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