Amoris Laetitia 143: The World of Emotions

amoris laetitia memeIs the reason-driven world, including the reason-driven elements within our own church, ready to trust the human affect? Let’s read:

143. Desires, feelings, emotions, what the ancients called “the passions”, all have an important place in married life. They are awakened whenever “another” becomes present and part of a person’s life. It is characteristic of all living beings to reach out to other things, and this tendency always has basic affective signs: pleasure or pain, joy or sadness, tenderness or fear. They ground the most elementary psychological activity. Human beings live on this earth, and all that they do and seek is fraught with passion.

My takeaway: the affect is important, but not necessarily all-important. Human beings are made to relate and communicate with “the passions.”

For 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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