Amoris Laetitia 142: Passionate Love

amoris laetitia memePassionate love is the third subheading in chapter four, and will take us through the next three weeks (sections 142-162). A single paragraph to introduce the concept, so let’s begin with a citation from Vatican II:

142. The Second Vatican Council teaches that this conjugal love “embraces the good of the whole person; it can enrich the sentiments of the spirit and their physical expression with a unique dignity and ennoble them as the special features and manifestation of the friendship proper to marriage”.(Gaudium et Spes, 49)

The modern era especially distrusts matters outside human intellect and reason, but the truth is that God has created our physical bodies as well as our capacity for emotions and interpersonal connections.

For this reason, a love lacking either pleasure or passion is insufficient to symbolize the union of the human heart with God: “All the mystics have affirmed that supernatural love and heavenly love find the symbols which they seek in marital love, rather than in friendship, filial devotion or devotion to a cause. And the reason is to be found precisely in its totality”.(A. Sertillanges, L’Amour Chrétien, Paris, 1920, 174.) Why then should we not pause to speak of feelings and sexuality in marriage?

If anyone has reasons, comment on them now or forever hold your peace.

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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2 Responses to Amoris Laetitia 142: Passionate Love

  1. Liam says:

    There’s a special word that is missing from this, perhaps the most resonant word in my spirituality:



    It’s a particular form of joy that arising from *beholding* (another resonance) someone else in themselves or in their creation.

    • Liam says:

      PS: at a very elemental level, the second half of this clip from an uneven movie has a nearly perfect scene, and behold especially the 1:02-1:03 mark:

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