See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
178. We could say that the “constitution” of the Church is not any virtue, holiness, or achievement we may have attained, but the self-giving love of Christ. When we are born of the Church as of our Mother, we are born of this love of Christ. This love gives the Church her identity, not as one nation or grouping or club humanly constituted among others, but as the “Bride,” the “Spouse,” who is “one flesh” with Christ, and so one Body.
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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