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Category Archives: Amoris Laetitia
An unfortunate and inaccurate piece of the headline at RNS: heresy debate divides church. Francis issued a video message to a conference organized by Italian bishops on his controversial 2016 document on family life, “The Joy of Love.” The document has … Continue reading
And here we reach the end of Amoris Laetitia. Pope Francis concludes this final chapter on marriage and family spirituality with some encouraging words and a final prayer: 325. The teaching of the Master (cf. Mt 22:30) and Saint Paul (cf. … Continue reading
The Holy Father touts the virtue and act of hospitality: 324. Led by the Spirit, the family circle is not only open to life by generating it within itself, but also by going forth and spreading life by caring for others … Continue reading
Today, a follow-up to the notion of relationship being a worship-of-God experience: 323. It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them. This demands a freedom and … Continue reading
Let’s read in full: 322. All family life is a “shepherding” in mercy. Each of us, by our love and care, leaves a mark on the life of others; with Paul, we can say: “You are our letter of recommendation, … Continue reading
Today, we look at a spirituality of care, consolation and incentive, starting with Vatican II: 321. “Christian couples are, for each other, for their children and for their relatives, cooperators of grace and witnesses of the faith”.(Apostolicam Actuositatem 11) God … Continue reading
What do you make of Pope Francis’s interpretation of healthy autonomy? 320. There comes a point where a couple’s love attains the height of its freedom and becomes the basis of a healthy autonomy. This happens when each spouse realizes … Continue reading
Today, a discussion starter on the topic of a spirituality of exclusive and free love. Pope John Paul II assists us: 319. Marriage is also the experience of belonging completely to another person. Spouses accept the challenge and aspiration of … Continue reading
For many families, my own included, prayer is often rote. The facility to pray spontaneously, as if one were speaking in real time to an actual friend, is not well-cultivated. Do we think to “come together” and include God in … Continue reading
Today 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 … Continue reading
Today, the Holy Father leans on his two predecessors to convey the aspiration for daily and gradual growth in holiness: 316. A positive experience of family communion is a true path to daily sanctification and mystical growth, a means for … Continue reading
Let’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 … Continue reading
Let’s begin a look at Chapter Nine of Amoris Laetitia (online here) The topic is “The Spirituality of Marriage and the Family.” 313. Charity takes on different hues, depending on the state of life to which we have been called. Several … Continue reading
We arrive at the end of Chapter Eight. A conclusion of sorts: 312. This offers us a framework and a setting which help us avoid a cold bureaucratic morality in dealing with more sensitive issues. Instead, it sets us in the … Continue reading
Is the Church’s integrity on moral teaching harmed when other aspects are emphasized? Many people would answer affirmatively. Often enough, the personal encounter with a minister of the Church is full enough of charity and mercy. Many good people who … Continue reading