Amoris Laetitia 81: Human Love and God’s Love

amoris laetitia memeWe know that human beings see children as possessions. In the Bible and among Christian aristocracy, royalty, and even among ordinary people, children have also been seen as legacies–carrying on the family business be it farm, business, or something royal. Still the Church ascribes to a higher ideal:

81. A child deserves to be born of that love, and not by any other means, for “he or she is not something owed to one, but is a gift”,(Catechism 2378) which is “the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of the parents”.(CDF, Instruction Donum Vitae (1987) II, 8) This is the case because, “according to the order of creation, conjugal love between a man and a woman, and the transmission of life are ordered to each other (cf. Gen 1:27-28). Thus the Creator made man and woman share in the work of his creation and, at the same time, made them instruments of his love, entrusting to them the responsibility for the future of mankind, through the transmission of human life”.(Relatio Finalis 2015, 63)

Notice the love acknowledged by the synod bishops in this last quote is that of both people and of God. This is an important consideration that rescues what can sometimes be a muddled area of teaching. Comments?

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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