See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
85. The Ecclesia domestica cannot exist, of course, without the Ecclesia. The domestic church implies a relationship to the universal Church: “The family, to be a ‘little Church,’ must be well integrated into the ‘big Church,’ that is, into the family of God that Christ came to form.”83 Regular participation in Sunday Mass with the universal Church is a sine qua non for the domestic church to fulfill its name. The universal Church is the bearer and teacher of God’s covenant with his people, the same covenant which enables and sustains married and family life.
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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