Amoris Laetitia 57: Falling Short of Perfection

amoris laetitia memeChapter Two concludes on a hopeful note:

57. I thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfill their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way. The Synod’s refections show us that there is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems. The situations that concern us are challenges.

The key takeaway:

We should not be trapped into wasting our energy in doleful laments, but rather seek new forms of missionary creativity. In every situation that presents itself, “the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope… The great values of marriage and the Christian family correspond to a yearning that is part and parcel of human existence”.(Relatio Synodi 2014, 11) If we see any number of problems, these should be, as the Bishops of Colombia have said, a summons to “revive our hope and to make it the source of prophetic visions, transformative actions and creative forms of charity”. (Colombian Bishops’ Conference, A tiempos dificiles, colombianos nuevos (13 February 2003), 3.

For the Church, the important point is this: how to serve those who aspire to virtue. I doubt marriages in trouble or people seeking guidance are assisted by the negative tone we hear and read so often that seems to be preferred by some.

Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to Amoris Laetitia 57: Falling Short of Perfection

    • Devin says:

      Liam, as a total aside. I wonder if you know any books of the history of English liturgy, preferably prior to the Norman Conquest?

      • Liam says:

        Not offhand.

        I would say that religious and liturgical historiography tends to be vulnerable to a lack of epistemic humility. That is to say, there a resistance to saying “we don’t really know”. That field of history seems less disciplined regarding how far to extrapolate from, or interpolate between, evidence. So I’d be wary of relying on any source as authoritative.

      • Liam says:

        PS: I should be clear that this problem is across the spectrum – traditionalists through progressives.

  1. FrMichael says:

    Thank you Pope Francis! We could have used this about 15 years ago, but better late than never.

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