See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
111. A rich social life makes all types of celibacy much more plausible to the world, for it undermines the critique of celibacy that says such a life is inevitably lonely. To live this vision, to overcome the inertia of social habits that segregate singles and overlook the opportunities of celibacy, demands creative commitment from lay and clergy alike. Jesus is our Lord, and the Lord says, “Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for another.” (Jn 13:35, NRSV) Love should visibly animate parish life for everyone.
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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