See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
145. When the true nature of marriage is undermined or poorly understood, the family is weakened. When the family is weak, we are all prone to a type of brutal individualism. We too easily lose the habit of Christ’s gentleness and the discipline of his covenant. When the family is strong — when the family creates space for husbands, wives, and their children to practice the art of self-giving after the pattern of God’s covenant — then light enters a dark world. In this light, the true nature of humanity can be seen. That is why the Church resists the shadows threatening the family.
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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