See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
53. God created the whole material world out of his love for us. Everything we can see and touch, including our male and female bodies, was created for the sake of God’s covenant. We do not always love as we ought, but God’s pattern of love protects us and calls us back to our true natures. Marriage and celibacy are the two ways of being together as male or female in light of God’s covenant, and for this reason both marriage and celibacy are considered chaste ways of living.
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.”
Each day in CatholicPhilly.com’s World Meeting of Families section you can reflect on the official Catholic teaching on the family presented in the catechesis, pray a special prayer together as a family or individually, and stay on top of breaking news about the events coming Sept. 22-27, 2015.
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