See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
66. Over the centuries, human beings have married for countless reasons, some of them ennobling, some of them pragmatic. In sacramental marriage, the Church offers us shelter, grace, and a daily lesson in the nature of God’s love. The Church’s marital vows constantly recall a husband and wife to their better natures, and situate a marriage in relation to the other sacraments as well, especially Penance and Eucharist. This sacramental economy puts reconciliation and fidelity at the foundation of married life, and, in so doing, fosters and protects true communion between the sexes. To people in postmodern times, uncertain what and who can be trusted, such a venture seems risky. But the Church, a mother who knows the human heart better than we know ourselves, also knows who Jesus is, that he is the Lord, that he is trustworthy — and that his way of loving is, in the end, the only way.
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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