Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Pope on Marriage and Family

Trying to catch up here after a long hiatus.  The post below, written about 6 weeks ago, refers to the then recently-concluded meeting of June 1st.  I decided to leave the post as is. 
At the recently-concluded VII World Meeting of Families in Milan, Pope Benedict delivered the homily at the final Mass.  Here are a couple excerpts.  About marriage:
God created us male and female, equal in dignity, but also with respective and complementary characteristics, so that the two might be a gift for each other, might value each other and might bring into being a community of love and life 
“Dear married couples, in living out your marriage you are not giving each other any particular thing or activity, but your whole lives. And your love is fruitful first and foremost for yourselves, because you desire and accomplish one another’s good, you experience the joy of receiving and giving,”  

And about the family:    " . . . family life is the first and irreplaceable school of social virtues, such as respect for persons, gratuitousness, trust, responsibility, solidarity, cooperation.”  

The VIII World Meeting of Families is going to be in, of all places,  the U.S. of A.---Philadelphia!

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