See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
48. The next three chapters will speak in more detail about marriage (Chapters 4 and 5) and celibacy (Chapter 6). But both ways of living are grounded in God’s summons to live masculinity and femininity in generous, self-giving ways. Both ways of living look to God’s covenant and receive the fact of being created as male and female as occasions for joy. The discipline we impose on our love — the discipline of the covenant — is sometimes felt as a burden. But precisely this discipline honors and reveals the true meaning of love created in the image of God.
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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