Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 317

Gathered in Prayer in the Light of Easter

317.  If a family is centered on Christ, he will unify and illumine its entire life.  Moments of pain and difficulty will be experienced in union with the Lord's cross, and his closeness will make it possible to surmount them.  In the darkest hours of a family's life, union with Jesus in his abandonment can help avoid a breakup.  Gradually, "with the grace of the Holy Spirit, [the spouses] grow in holiness through married life, also by sharing in the mystery of Christ's cross, which transforms difficulties and sufferings into an offering of love".374  Moreover, moments of joy, relaxation, celebration, and even sexuality can be experienced as a sharing in the full like of the resurrection.  Married couples shape with different daily gestures a "God-enlightened space in which to experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord".375

374  Relatio Finalis 2015, 87.
375  John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata (25 March 1996), 42: AAS 88 (1996), 416.