Amoris Laetitia 228: A Mixed Marriage

amoris laetitia memeWhat of a couple who shares love, but not faith?

228. In some cases, one of the spouses is not baptized or does not want to practice the faith. This can make the other’s desire to live and grow in the Christian life difficult and at times painful. Still, some common values can be found and these can be shared and relished. In any event, showing love for a spouse who is not a believer, bestowing happiness, soothing hurts and sharing life together represents a true path of sanctification. Love is always a gift of God. Wherever it is poured out, it makes its transforming presence felt, often in mysterious ways, even to the point that “the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband” (1 Cor 7:14).

Seeking common values: at the very least there is a commitment to love. The goal, the goodness to be sought is a sanctification. None of us are completely holy in this life. It seems we are all on some path of development, whether we realize it or not.

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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2 Responses to Amoris Laetitia 228: A Mixed Marriage

  1. Jen says:

    Any relationship can be difficult and painful. I have to wonder if Francis actually knows any couples in mixed marriages. It’s better than prior Popes on the issue, but, meh. It’s nice to have some acknowledgment that it’s not all bad. (Yes, partial sarcasm intended, but I’m jaded with previous discussions on the topic.)

  2. Melody says:

    It seems that he is defining a “mixed” marriage as between a between a Catholic and a non- baptized person who is not a believer. I’d say the far more common situation is between a Catholic and a baptized Christian of another denomination.

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