Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online in pdf format here. With this post, we look at the start of a section titled “A path of suffering and blood,” paragraphs 19 through 22. Human beings are imperfect. Marriages and families will suffer:
19. The idyllic picture presented in Psalm 128 is not at odds with a bitter truth found throughout sacred Scripture, that is, the presence of pain, evil and violence that break up families and their communion of life and love. For good reason Christ’s teaching on marriage (cf. Mt 19:3-9) is inserted within a dispute about divorce. The word of God constantly testifies to that somber dimension already present at the beginning, when, through sin, the relationship of love and purity between man and woman turns into domination: “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” (Gen 3:16).
What is the purpose, then, of the preaching of the ideals of Psalm 128? Pope Francis suggests it is meant for encouragement, not to set an impossibly high bar. What do you think?