Amoris Laetitia 194: Siblings

amoris laetitia memeToday, we explore what it means to be brothers and sisters:

194. Relationships between brothers and sisters deepen with the passing of time, and “the bond of fraternity that forms in the family between children, if consolidated by an educational atmosphere of openness to others, is a great school of freedom and peace. In the family, we learn how to live as one. Perhaps we do not always think about this, but the family itself introduces fraternity into the world. From this initial experience of fraternity, nourished by affection and education at home, the style of fraternity radiates like a promise upon the whole of society”.(Catechesis (18 February 2015))

Does this ring true for your experiences, readers, and for your culture? I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about my relationship with brothers and sister as an apprenticeship in how to get along with others in society. What about you?

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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One Response to Amoris Laetitia 194: Siblings

  1. Liam says:

    I long have. My parents wanted 8 children, settled for 6 (with a special needs child pausing things in the middle). A clutch of sibs teaches a child: you are not the center of everything, and you have peers with unfair advantages and disadvantages that you have to hang together with or hang separately…

    The socialisation is not the same with strangers in school and daycare settings.

    This is one area where i think smaller families do have a tendency to contribute less to building a sense of communal solidarity.

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