See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
192. Catholic perspectives on the meaning of life and how to live well will not persuade everyone in this age. The era of “Christendom,” when westerners could assume at least some sort of rough congruence between public values and Catholic values, is fading. Western post-Christendom Catholics are learning to live like Christians in many other parts of the world, places in Africa or Asia, where Christians have never been in the majority.
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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