See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
80. Parenting has a way of deflating pretenses; of making us see that we are not self-sufficient but need help and strength from God, family, parish, and friends. The way a family responds to adversity and sickness, or gathers for meals and devotions, or makes financial decisions and sets priorities, or the way a family makes choices about leisure, the parents’ jobs or careers, the children’s academic education, even bedtime routines — these and many other daily aspects of “home economics” shape the imaginations and horizons of the children. Domestic routines can be “thin places,” places where the Spirit shines through, where an attitude of gentleness and Christian hospitality leavens all of life.
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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