See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
112. Celibacy is not sterile, nor is it “single” in the sense of isolated or autonomous. In the Church, we are all interdependent, created for communion, created to give and receive love. This vision of human life generates an inexhaustible variety of creative vocations. Celibacy places unique demands on those who embrace it, but celibates also have unique privileges and opportunities. Celibates respect the sexual or biological potential of marriage, and operate from a similar rationale and spirituality of selfgiving. Celibates and married couples need one another to sustain and grow the “ family of families” that is called Church.
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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