See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
79. Especially when a family includes many young children, parents face a wide array of stresses. Parenting is demanding. Yet if the goal of Christian family life is to open the home’s windows to God’s grace in daily life, then even in the midst of fatigue and domestic chaos, parents can remain open to the Spirit. Nobody wants to burden parents further. But “divine love … is not something to be reserved for important matters, but must be pursued chiefly in the ordinary circumstances of life.” In the vulnerability of such moments, parents can discover what Saint Paul meant when he said “whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10, NRSV)
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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