Thursday, February 16, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 200

Proclaiming the Gospel of the Family Today

200.  The Synod Fathers emphasized that Christian families, by the grace of the sacrament of matrimony, are the principal agents of the family apostolate, above all through "their joy-filled witness as domestic churches".225  Consequently, "it is important that people experience the Gospel of the family as a joy that 'fills hearts and lives', because in Christ we have been 'set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness' (Evangelii Gaudium, 1).  As in the parable of the sower (cf. Mt 13:3-9), we are called to help sow seeds; the rest is God's work.  Nor must we forget that, in her teaching on the family, the Church is a sign of contradiction".226  Married couples are grateful that their pastors uphold the high ideal of a love that is strong, solid, enduring and capable of sustaining them through whatever trials they may have to face.  The Church wishes, with humility and compassion, to reach out to families and "to help each family to discover the best way to overcome any obstacles it encounters".227  It is not enough to show generic concern for the family in pastoral planning.  Enabling families to take up their role as active agents of the family apostolate calls for "an effort at evangelization and catechesis inside the family".228

225  Relatio Synodi 2014, 30.
226  Ibid., 31.
227  Relatio Finalis 2015, 56.
228  Ibid., 89.