Amoris Laetitia 140: Love, Not Fear

amoris laetitia memeWhile we can be afraid of the people we love, I don’t think Pope Francis is talking about abusive partners:

140. Show affection and concern for the other person. Love surmounts even the worst barriers. When we love someone, or when we feel loved by them, we can better understand what they are trying to communicate. Fearing the other person as a kind of “rival” is a sign of weakness and needs to be overcome. It is very important to base one’s position on solid choices, beliefs or values, and not on the need to win an argument or to be proved right.

It is a lamentable epidemic that so many of us think our beloved is out to get us. In some way. The Holy Father suggests a certain vulnerability here: showing affection and concern. Far from being a kind of “beige” Catholicism, such things begin that dangerous act known as encounter.

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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