See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
117. At the same time, social-science data show that stable marriages and families help to overcome poverty, just as poverty works against stable marriages and families. Strong marriages and families create hope, and hope leads to purpose and achievement. This fact suggests one way a vigorous Christian faith has practical as well as spiritual consequences. Helping families to break vicious cycles, and transform them into virtuous cycles, is one reason the Church pays attention to the economic circumstances of our lives as well as the spiritual ones.
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.”
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