Christus Vivit 259-260: Love And Family

Today we continue reading Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal thoughts on “Vocation.” Nine paragraphs treat Love and family.” Here are the first two:

259. Young people intensely feel the call to love; they dream of meeting the right person with whom they can form a family and build a life together. This is undoubtedly a vocation which God himself makes known to them through their feelings, desires and dreams. I dwelt more fully on this theme in the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. I would encourage all young people to read especially the fourth and fifth chapters of that Exhortation.

This section is worth a serious discussion. Just yesterday, I browsed this article posted by once-blogger Peter Nixon on social media. It seems that people indeed continue to feel the call of love. Today, a love of two is more often reluctant to expand as it did in previous decades. People who cite love and preservation of the planet would seem to be outnumbered by those who feel unprepared financially to plunge into a nuclear family.

260. I like to think that “two Christians who marry have recognized the call of the Lord in their own love story, the vocation to form one flesh and one life from two, male and female. The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony envelops this love in the grace of God; it roots it in God himself. By this gift, and by the certainty of this call, you can go forward with assurance; you have nothing to fear; you can face everything together!”[Meeting with the Young People of Umbria in Assisi (4 October 2013): 105 (2013), 921]

There’s a reason Pope Francis looks to love as the first vocation, its sacramental nature. In sacramental love, we find an encounter with Christ as well as with our beloved. Any other comments?

If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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