See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
196. Catholics, then, have strategies and precedents for living the faith in a world which does not understand their beliefs or agree with them. If our way of life is different from the world’s, we nevertheless have a firm hope and a clear mind, “a plan bigger than our own ideas and undertakings, a plan which sustains us and enables us to surrender our future entirely to the one we love.” We have a firm foundation for independence from destructive forces in society and culture, and it is this same foundation which orients us to love and participation in society and culture. The “love which moves the sun and the other stars,” the love which created and sustains all that is, is the same love which animates our marriages, our families, our homes, and our Church. We can be confident that if we follow this love, even to the foot of the cross, our sufferings are actually making us more real, more authentically human, and that resurrection and vindication are coming, because we are following a trustworthy Lord. This love will give us the fortitude to live distinctively, as salt of the earth.
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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