Amoris Laetitia 274 Learning About Life

amoris laetitia memeToday we begin a topic of “Family Life as an Educational Setting.” Learnings about “freedom,” another typically Ignatian vector. Let’s read:

274. The family is the first school of human values, where we learn the wise use of freedom. Certain inclinations develop in childhood and become so deeply rooted that they remain throughout life, either as attractions to a particular value or a natural repugnance to certain ways of acting. Many people think and act in a certain way because they deem it to be right on the basis of what they learned, as if by osmosis, from their earliest years: “That’s how I was taught”. “That’s what I learned to do”. In the family we can also learn to be critical about certain messages sent by the various media. Sad to say, some television programs or forms of advertising often negatively influence and undercut the values inculcated in family life.

It is more than television and advertising. The internet, via handheld devices, has probably superceded the small screen. YouTube over boob tube, so to speak.

Remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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