Amoris Laetitia 227: Faith Formation

amoris laetitia memeWords are important. We can speak of education. That implies an ascendancy of the mind and will. One can learn the tools needed for a long-lasting marriage.

We can also speak of formation. This word implies something deeper. Formation is about more than the mind. It includes the body, the emotional life as well. As i read through these words, I wondered about all the fuss about  Amoris Laetitia being authoritative church teaching or not, or how it is fuzzy or lukewarm on moral topics. One question I’d ask of Pope Francis critics: how many of these pastoral suggestions are you already doing? If you aren’t doing all of them, when did you begin spiritual direction, or blessing families visiting your home?

Let’s read for more:

227. We pastors have to encourage families to grow in faith. This means encouraging frequent confession, spiritual direction and occasional retreats. It also means encouraging family prayer during the week, since “the family that prays together stays together”. When visiting our people’s homes, we should gather all the members of the family and briefly pray for one another, placing the family in the Lord’s hands. It is also helpful to encourage each of the spouses to find time for prayer alone with God, since each has his or her secret crosses to bear. Why shouldn’t we tell God our troubles and ask him to grant us the healing and help we need to remain faithful?

The Word of God gets a spotlight; are you a faithful Catholic in this?

The Synod Fathers noted that “the word of God is the source of life and spirituality for the family. All pastoral work on behalf of the family must allow people to be interiorly fashioned and formed as members of the domestic church through the Church’s prayerful reading of sacred Scripture. The word of God is not only good news in a person’s private life but also a criterion of judgment and a light in discerning the various challenges that married couples and families encounter”.(Relatio Synodi 2014, 34)

Thoughts on this?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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