See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
104. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “All Christ’s faithful are called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states of life. At the moment of his Baptism, the Christian is pledged to lead his affective life in chastity.”101 Celibacy is therefore allied to marriage, making a similar interior offering of our whole self to the Lord. Both celibate people and married people pledge their lives to God’s covenant according to their respective vocations. There are practical differences in every particular individual’s vocation, but the internal motion of soul, the heart’s offering of itself, is similar at its core. Wise, mature celibates and spouses are familiar with many of the same spiritual skills.
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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