Synod on the Family 31: Cooperation With Grace

window from insideRead the full synod document here.

Two themes here, really. First, that believers are to be open to God’s grace in the sacramental experience, including marriage.

Second, even in marriage, our task is to plant seeds. Or really, work with others in the planting. Do we harvest? No. Do we watch the growth or perceive it? Not always.

31. The primacy of grace needs to be highlighted and, consequently, the possibilities which the Spirit provides in the Sacrament. It is a question of allowing people to experience that the Gospel of the Family is a joy which “fills hearts and lives”, because in Christ we are “set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness, and loneliness” (Evangelii Gaudium 1). Bearing in mind the Parable of the Sower (cf. Mt 13; 3), our task is to cooperate in the sowing; the rest is God’s work; nor must we forget that, in preaching about the family, the Church is a sign of contradiction.

So what do the bishops mean by contradiction in this context? Is it always about being apart from secular society? Or are there inherent contradictions within the Church sometimes?

175 bishops approved of this message. 4 did not. 4 abstained.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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