Amoris Laetitia 98: Avoiding Arrogance

amoris laetitia memePope Francis seems to have a handle on our Catholic misbehavior:

98. It is important for Christians to show their love by the way they treat family members who are less knowledgeable about the faith, weak or less sure in their convictions. At times the opposite occurs: the supposedly mature believers within the family become unbearably arrogant.

From there, it can devolve into a personal perspective of suffering. Seriously, I think we lose the witness, “But I am a sinner.” And we lose the ability to be patient and with God, play the long game.

Love, on the other hand, is marked by humility; if we are to understand, forgive and serve others from the heart, our pride has to be healed and our humility must increase. Jesus told his disciples that in a world where power prevails, each tries to dominate the other, but “it shall not be so among you” (Mt 20:26).

I confess. This includes me.

The inner logic of Christian love is not about importance and power; rather, “whoever would be first among you must be your slave” (Mt 20:27). In family life, the logic of domination and competition about who is the most intelligent or powerful destroys love. Saint Peter’s admonition also applies to the family: “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility towards one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble’” (1 Pet 5:5).

In our families, this is admittedly difficult. Loved ones see us when we are vulnerable. Sometimes we have a hard time admitting they love us in spite of this.

Comments? 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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