Amoris Laetitia 317: Family Life and the Paschal Mystery

amoris laetitia memeToday and tomorrow, we look at the theme, Gathered in prayer in the light of Easter. This continues on AL 316, and the aspiration not only for family love and harmony, but the mutual assistance of members to assist one another into sanctity.

No doubt, this is a difficult read for many people, even the religious-minded. Good examples would help us. Saints, for one thing. Also, the benefit of couples long married who can authentically witness to the triumph over difficulties. What do you make of the link between the Paschal Mystery and the Sacrament of Marriage? How often is that preached in preparation events?

317. If a family is centered on Christ, he will unify and illumine its entire life. Moments of pain and difficulty will be experienced in union with the Lord’s cross, and his closeness will make it possible to surmount them. In the darkest hours of a family’s life, union with Jesus in his abandonment can help avoid a breakup. Gradually, “with the grace of the Holy Spirit, [the spouses] grow in holiness through married life, also by sharing in the mystery of Christ’s cross, which transforms difficulties and sufferings into an offering of love”.(Relatio Finalis 2015, 87) Moreover, moments of joy, relaxation, celebration, and even sexuality can be experienced as a sharing in the full life of the resurrection. Married couples shape with different daily gestures a “God-enlightened space in which to experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord”.(Vita Consecrata 42)

That last quote is from John Paul II’s 1996 apostolic exhortation. 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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