Amoris Laetitia 219: Hope Helps

amoris laetitia memeIn this brief paragraph, the Holy Father offers a few words on the virtue of hope:

219. I recall an old saying: still water becomes stagnant and good for nothing. If, in the first years of marriage, a couple’s experience of love grows stagnant, it loses the very excitement that should be its propelling force. Young love needs to keep dancing towards the future with immense hope. Hope is the leaven that, in those first years of engagement and marriage, makes it possible to look beyond arguments, conflicts and problems and to see things in a broader perspective. It harnesses our uncertainties and concerns so that growth can take place. Hope also bids us live fully in the present, giving our all to the life of the family, for the best way to prepare a solid future is to live well in the present.

Surprising to hear something along the lines of “live in the moment”? I don’t think contemporary young adults would be adverse to this thinking about giving all for the life of the family or the life of the beloved. Sometimes people just need a good example, and reassurance.

For your reference 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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