See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
90. Sexual intimacy between men and women raises the possibility of children. No other relationship carries this basic, organic, biological possibility. Marriage between a man and a woman brings this potential fertility into a spiritual context. Parenting is a spiritual vocation, for it ultimately means preparing our children to be saints. This bold ambition entails humble but important practices in the home, such as prayer and cultivating a spiritual disposition. It requires parents to be discerning about how a family engages in the wider culture. Introducing children to the Lord means that a domestic church will want to integrate with the parish as well as the wider universal Church. The challenges of family life require support — no family can flourish on its own. To flourish, families need their parishes, and their parishes need them. Lay people are needed to create and serve in these ministries.
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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