Friday, February 3, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 187

Life in the Wider Family

187.  The nuclear family  needs to interact with the wider family made up of parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and even neighbors.  This greater family may have members who require assistance, or at least companionship and affection, or consolation amid suffering.208  The individualism so prevalent today can lead to creating small nests of security, where others are perceived as bothersome or a threat.  Such isolation, however, cannot offer greater peace or happiness; rather, it straitens the heart of a family and makes its life all the more narrow.

208 Cf. Relatio Finalis 2015, 11.