Amoris Laetitia 197: This Larger Family

amoris laetitia memeThe question posed to Jesus echoes for us today: who is my neighbor? What persons will be in my extended Christian and sacramental family?

197. This larger family should provide love and support to teenage mothers, children without parents, single mothers left to raise children, persons with disabilities needing particular affection and closeness, young people struggling with addiction, the unmarried, separated or widowed who are alone, and the elderly and infirm who lack the support of their children. It should also embrace “even those who have made shipwreck of their lives”.(Catechesis (7 October 2015)) This wider family can help make up for the shortcomings of parents, detect and report possible situations in which children suffer violence and even abuse, and provide wholesome love and family stability in cases when parents prove incapable of this.

To be sure, I find the complaint of government control of what could or should be charity to be an empty excuse. Nothing exempts a Christian from extending the love and inclusion of family to those who are specially in need of assistance. Nothing whatsoever. 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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