See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
118. Pope Benedict XVI’s last encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, insists on “the strong links between life ethics and social ethics.”111 Benedict observed that “the family needs to have a home, employment and a just recognition of the domestic activity of parents, the possibility of schooling for children, and basic health care for all.”112 Jesus Christ cares for the whole person; he himself was no stranger to poverty and came from a family who were once refugees;113 he now calls his Church to stand in solidarity with families in similar situations.
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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