Monday, March 27, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 239

Old wounds

239.  Understandably, families often experience problems when one of their members is emotionally immature because he or she still bears the scars of earlier experiences.  An unhappy childhood or adolescence can breed personal crises that affect one's marriage.  Were everyone mature and normal, crises wouild be less frequent or less painful.  Yet the fact is that only in their forties do some people achieve a maturity that should have come at the end of adolescence.  Some love with the selfish, capricious and self-centered love of a child: an insatiable love that screams or cries when it fails to get what it wants.  Others love with an adolescent love marked by hostility, bitter criticism and the need to blame others; caught up in their own emotions and fantasies, such persons expect others to fill their emptiness and to satisfy their every desire.