Amoris Laetitia 29: To Gaze

amoris laetitia memeWe begin to wrap Chapter One with this passage:

29. With a gaze of faith and love, grace and fidelity, we have contemplated the relationship between human families and the divine Trinity. The word of God tells us that the family is entrusted to a man, a woman and their children, so that they may become a communion of persons in the image of the union of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Begetting and raising children, for its part, mirrors God’s creative work. The family is called to join in daily prayer, to read the word of God and to share in Eucharistic communion, and thus to grow in love and become ever more fully a temple in which the Spirit dwells.

A few questions, then:

Have we taken time to gaze? Not a cursory look, as if we were reading to find what we want or expect, but to look intently to discern what God is telling us. Right now.

It is important to realize that the family is called not to image the Persons of the Trinity, but to strive to reflect their unifying love.

And lastly, it is appropriate, don’t you think, to aspire to daily prayer, reflection on the Word, and sacramental communion?

Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online in pdf format here.


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