See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
99. Observing the disciplines of celibacy and marriage are the two ways for men and women to be in solidarity with one another without sexual exploitation. Celibacy and marriage are the only two ways of life which converge on the conclusion that marriage is the fully human form for procreative acts in light of God’s design which abides in us and shapes our lives. Celibacy — which includes not only priests and vowed religious, but all those who are chaste outside of marriage — is the way of life for people who are not married but who honor covenants.
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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