Friday, March 24, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 236

236.  Then there are those personal crises that affect the life of couples, often involving finances, problems in the workplace, emotional, social and spiritual difficulties.  Unexpected situations present themselves, disrupting family life and requiring a process of forgiveness and reconciliation.  In resolving sincerely to forgive the other, each has to ask quietly and humbly if he or she has not somehow created the conditions that led to the other's mistakes.  Some families break up when spouses engage in mutual recrimination, but "experience shows that with proper assistance and acts of reconciliation, through grace, a great percentage of troubled marriages find a solution in a staisfying manner.  To know how to forgive and to feel forgiven is a basic experience in family life".254  "The arduous art of reconciliation, which requires the support of grace, needs the generous cooperation of relatives and friends, and sometimes even outside help and professional assistance".255

254 Relatio Synodi 2014, 44.
255 Relatio Finalis 2015, 81.