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

101. In any society, many will be marginalized if marriage is seen as mandatory, as if one needs a romantic partner in order to be complete. Celibacy in the Church rebels against this misleading idea. For example, widows are often cast aside in traditional societies, and single people in modern cities often socialize in clubs, pubs, and bars where promiscuity is normal. To create alternative space, where people who are not married can experience joy and have a mission, is a profound hospitality, something Christians need to do for one another as a form of liberation and welcome.


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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