Amoris Laetitia 9: Husband and Wife

amoris laetitia memeToday, we begin the first of five paragraphs on the theme of “You and your wife.” An echo of another pope’s words as we pass through a doorway …

9. Let us cross the threshold of this tranquil home, with its family sitting around the festive table. At the center we see the father and mother, a couple with their personal story of love. They embody the primordial divine plan clearly spoken of by Christ himself: “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female?” (Mt 19:4). We hear an echo of the command found in the Book of Genesis: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Gen 2:24)”.

The author of Tobit also puts this thought on the prayerful lips of Tobiah and Sarah on their wedding night. Do we assist engaged couples to explore this meaning fully, even if they don’t choose it for the wedding liturgy? Does human love feel like it’s part of a divine plan? Or just an incidental, like pre-conciliar congregational participation?

Remember to check the actual document Amoris Laetitia at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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