Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 135

135.  It is not helpful to dream of an idyllic and perfect love needing no stimulus to grow.  A celestial notion of earthly love forgets that the best is yet to come, that fine wine matures with age.  As the Bishops of Chili have pointed out, "the perfect families proposed by deceptive consumerist propaganda do not exist.  In those families, no one grows old, there is no sickness, sorrow or death...Consumerist propaganda presents a fantasy that has nothing to do with the reality which must daily be faced by the heads of families".137  It is much healthier to be realistic about our limits, defects and imperfections, and to respond to the call to grow together, to bring love to maturity and to strengthen the union, come what may.

137 Chilean Bishops' Conference, La vida y la familia: regalos de Dios para cada uno de nosotros (21 July 2014).