Sunday, November 6, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 98

98.  It is important for Christians to show their love by the way they treat family members who are less knowledgeable about the faith, weak or less sure in their convictions.  At times the opposite occurs:  the supposedly mature believers within the family become unbearably arrogant.  Love, on the other hand, is marked by humility; if we are to understand, forgive and serve others from the heart, our pride has to be healed and our humility must increase.  Jesus told his disciples that in a world where power prevails, each tries to dominate the other, but "it shall not be so among you" (MT 20:27).  In family life, the logic of domination and competition about who is the most intelligent or powerful destroys love.  Saint Peter's admonition also applies to the family: "Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility towards one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (1 Pet 5:5).