Amoris Laetitia 87: A Family of Families

amoris laetitia memeThe final report of the synod bishops is cited here:

87. The Church is a family of families, constantly enriched by the lives of all those domestic churches. “In virtue of the sacrament of matrimony, every family becomes, in effect, a good for the Church. From this standpoint, reflecting on the interplay between the family and the Church will prove a precious gift for the Church in our time. The Church is good for the family, and the family is good for the Church. The safeguarding of the Lord’s gift in the sacrament of matrimony is a concern not only of individual families but of the entire Christian community”. (Relatio Finalis 2015, 52)

This builds on AL 86. An important reminder: the particular virtues or sins of particular families or the Church as a whole do not impact God’s working grace in this reality of a family of families.

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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