Amoris Laetitia 224: Patience

amoris laetitia memePatience is difficult for Church leaders who would like things to be much better than they are. Can we communicate and model a sacred leisure? Our fruitfulness in ministry to couples might depend on it.

224. This process takes time. Love needs time and space; everything else is secondary. Time is needed to talk things over, to embrace leisurely, to share plans, to listen to one other and gaze in each other’s eyes, to appreciate one another and to build a stronger relationship. Sometimes the frenetic pace of our society and the pressures of the workplace create problems. At other times, the problem is the lack of quality time together, sharing the same room without one even noticing the other. Pastoral workers and groups of married people should think of ways to help young or vulnerable couples to make the most of those moments, to be present to one another, even by sharing moments of meaningful silence.

Any comments on the Holy Father’s pastoral observations here? Remember 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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