Amoris Laetitia 6: Document Outlined

amoris laetitia memeIn paragraph 6, Pope Francis gives the reasoning behind the organization of Amoris Laetitia. We posted the table of contents here last week, if you want a closer look or a reminder. Starting with paragraph 8, we start with Psalm 128 and move from there.

6. I will begin with an opening chapter inspired by the Scriptures, to set a proper tone. I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality. I will go on to recall some essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, thus paving the way for two central chapters dedicated to love. I will then highlight some pastoral approaches that can guide us in building sound and fruitful homes in accordance with God’s plan, with a full chapter devoted to the raising of children. Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us, and conclude with a brief discussion of family spirituality.

The emphasis is clear. The Bible. Some essential teaching. Love. Pastoral ministry. Mercy. Then discernment. Then spirituality. Nothing surprising for a practitioner of an Ignatian style of a Gospel life.

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