Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 291

291.  They Synod Fathers stated that, although the Church realizes that any breach of the marriage bond "is against the will of God", she is also "conscious of the frailty of many of her children".311 Illumined by the gaze of Jesus Christ, "she turns with love to those who participate in her life in an incomplete manner, recognizing that the grace of God works also in their lives by giving them courage to do good, to care for one another in love and to be of service to the community in which they live and work".312  This approach is also confirmed by our celebration of this Jubilee Year devoted to mercy.  Although she constantly holds up the call to perfection as asks for a fuller response to God, "the Church must accompany with attention and care the weakest of her children, who show signs of a wounded and troubled love, by restoring in them hope and confidence, like the beacon of a lighthouse in a port or a torch carried among the people to enlighten those who have lost their way or who are in the midst of a storm".313  Let us not forget that the Church's task is often like that of a field hospital.

313 Ibid., 28.