Amoris Laetitia 314-315: A Spirituality of Supernatural Communion

amoris laetitia memeLet’s examine the theme “A Spirituality of Supernatural Communion”

314. We have always spoken of how God dwells in the hearts of those living in his grace. Today we can add that the Trinity is present in the temple of marital communion. Just as God dwells in the praises of his people (cf. Ps 22:3), so he dwells deep within the marital love that gives him glory.

The expression of marriage and family responds to how we have been made as biological, social, and spiritual beings. It makes sense that a deep gaze into our relationships with others will reveal something of God there too.

We are not just talking about when human beings manage to be virtuous:

315. The Lord’s presence dwells in real and concrete families, with all their daily troubles and struggles, joys and hopes. Living in a family makes it hard for us to feign or lie; we cannot hide behind a mask. If that authenticity is inspired by love, then the Lord reigns there, with his joy and his peace. The spirituality of family love is made up of thousands of small but real gestures. In that variety of gifts and encounters which deepen communion, God has his dwelling place. This mutual concern “brings together the human and the divine”,(Gaudium et Spes 49) for it is filled with the love of God. In the end, marital spirituality is a spirituality of the bond, in which divine love dwells.

One takeaway for me is that the boundaries between sacred and secular seem less important, especially if we can encounter God dwelling within our most precious relationships. What do you think?

For your reference, remember that 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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