See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

61. People who want to build their marriage on rock will cultivate certain virtues. The Catechism of the Catholic Church promises that in the Sacrament of Marriage, Christ dwells with a couple, helping spouses to pick up their cross, “to rise again after they have fallen,” to forgive and bear one another’s burdens. Pope Francis makes a related point succinctly when he says living together is an “art … which can be summarized in [a few simple] words: please, thank you, and sorry.” Learning to say these things can be hard. But marriages can turn very painful, very fast, when these simple words are missing.


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’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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