See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
82. Pope Francis alluded to the TV news, which we may take more generally as raising the issue of mass media, Internet social media, and other forms of popular culture. Engaging these forms of culture is not something that should happen on autopilot; to engage these forms of culture constructively also requires discernment. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in discussing the domestic church, notes that the world today is “often alien and even hostile to faith.” In a fragmented culture, where the social and media environment may undermine parental authority in general, and Catholic parenting in particular, parents and children need to reflect on their family’s way of being in the world without belonging to the world.
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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