Amoris Laetitia 66: Nazareth, The Meaning of Family Life

amoris laetitia memePope Paul VI takes us out this subsection of Chapter Three “Jesus Restores and Fulfills God’s Plan.”

66. “The covenant of love and fidelity lived by the Holy Family of Nazareth illuminates the principle which gives shape to every family, and enables it better to face the vicissitudes of life and history. On this basis, every family, despite its weaknesses, can become a light in the darkness of the world. ‘Nazareth teaches us the meaning of family life, its loving communion, its simple and austere beauty, its sacred and inviolable character. May it teach how sweet and irreplaceable is its training, how fundamental and incomparable its role in the social order’ (Paul VI, Address in Nazareth, 5 January 1964)”.(Relatio Finalis 2015, 41)

A simple proposal for the spiritual life, but perhaps a difficult one. I mean the notion that people see the Holy Family as an focus of devotion, and less one of imitation. I also suspect people focus on the child Jesus, and perhaps not as much the parents with child. Or perhaps you have a different experience? If so, let’s hear.

For your reference, 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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