Some parts are exceptionally beautiful and will leave you with a hunger for more as well as a desire to return to them often.
Let me give you a few examples:. Then everything makes us impatient, everything makes us react aggressively. Unless we cultivate patience, we will always find excuses for responding angrily.
We will end up incapable of living together, antisocial, unable to control our impulses, and our families will become battlegrounds. Let us not be stingy about using these words, but keep repeating them, day after day.
For certain silences are oppressive, even at times within families, between husbands and wives, between parents and children, among siblings. The right words, spoken at the right time, daily protect and nurture love. In Chapter 2, Pope Francis writes about the lived experiences of families today, mentioning the many challenges faced by refugee and migrant families, the confusion caused by rampant individualism and the ideological denial of differences between men and women, the damage inflicted by pornography and child abuse, and the special needs of parents with children with disabilities.
We should not be trapped into wasting our energy in doleful laments, but rather seek new forms of missionary creativity. In every situation that presents itself, the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope. It is not surprising, then, that the Holy Father reaffirms controversial but vital truths about the indissolubility of marriage, the rights and dignity of children and the elderly, the false premise of same-sex unions, and so forth; yet he presents this teaching in a compassionate and persuasive manner.
All of Chapter 7 is dedicated to the education of children. Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia deals with questions of how to respond pastorally to the divorced and civilly remarried and to others who find themselves in complex and irregular situations. The Holy Father approaches these pastorally sensitive situations through the lens of mercy. The final chapter is devoted to the spirituality of marriage and the family. Let us love one another with the love that comes to us from our heavenly Father and makes us a family in His Son.
T he love of a father for his children and his wife is captured in a four-letter word: with. We see this in the life of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus.
Even though he is mentioned a number of times in the Gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke, no words of his are recorded. What mattered was that Joseph was there, present to Mary and Jesus, always ready to listen and to encourage, to protect and to provide. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. And to be close to his children as they grow — when they play and when they work, when they are carefree and when they are distressed, when they are talkative and when they are silent, when they are daring and when they are afraid, when they stray and when they get back on the right path.
To be a father who is always present. Children throughout their lives count on a fatherly life-giver, one who comes to them with concern, correction, advice, affection and encouragement when the way of life is confusing. Pope Francis, as he began his pontificate, spoke of St. Joseph as a strong protector and open-hearted father. In the Gospels, St. Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern, for compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love.
We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness! Fathers, this is a work of art that the world needs. Even if hidden from the world like St. We give thanks to our heavenly Father for watching over all of us as His beloved sons and daughters, and for sending us His only begotten Son to be with us always.
With grateful hearts, we also lift up to Him our Dads and Granddads, living and deceased, giving thanks for them and commending them to His merciful care. W ith these words in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia , Pope Francis reminded us that his own teaching on marriage and the family builds on the teaching of his papal predecessors; in this particular case when it comes to contraception and the gift of new human life, he draws our attention to the prophetic voice of Blessed Paul VI.
Why does Pope Francis say we need to return to the message of a document written so long ago? Nearly half a century ago, in paragraph 17 of Humanae Vitae , he had predicted the following:. All four of these predictions, sadly, have proven true; indeed, the damage has dramatically increased in the past half century, just as Paul VI had foretold. For this reason, Pope Francis spoke of them forthrightly in Amoris Laetitia , even as he looked at what needs to be done today to address them effectively.
For example, our present Holy Father writes in paragraph The verbal, physical and sexual violence that women endure in some marriages contradicts the very nature of the conjugal union.
Imperative clauses Be quiet! Only in faith will you discover the joy of the gift of life that God has given you. If you Buy It Now, you'll only be purchasing this item. Almost or nearly? I clung to her, trembling with joy to feel the earth under my feet once more. In after 16 years in the technology sector, he sold out of his firm and founded Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey, and New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, non-profit organizations dedicated to building a marriage culture through training, seminars, and conferences.
I think of the reprehensible genital mutilation of women practiced in some cultures, but also of their lack of equal access to dignified work and roles of decision-making … and the exploitation and commercialization of the female body in the current media culture. This ideology leads to educational programs and legislative enactments that promote a personal identity and emotional intimacy radically separated from the biological difference between male and female.
What a joy it was to get away from stuffy courts of justice into the pure Warwickshire air.
Scarce was there an eye but what was suffused with tears of joy. All the joy of life seems to me to hang on that little phrase. We, like our children, are part of a fallen race. Each day provides fresh reminders of our failures and need for grace. Our hope as we instruct our children is that the gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes Romans This book has biblical foundations for child rearing and also gives wise shepherding advice through the teenage years.
This is one of those books that every parent, whose children are still in the home, should read every year. John S. The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott. But, the other chapters are also very helpful. Conflict starts in the heart as does all other sin and Ken Sande outlines a gospel centered approach to resolving conflict with four basic principles: 1 Glorify God 1 Cor.
Conflict is an opportunity and we, as Christians, have the gospel which enables to us forgive, consider the interests of others and overcome evil with good.
This is a very practical book for all of life. This is an excellent book on the process of sanctification or the process of change that makes us more like Christ. It is filled with helpful illustrations that make understanding of the change process easier to understand and obey. Solidly biblical and a good balance between what we must do and what the Holy Spirit does in the change process. This book combines two well-known works of John Owen and puts them into a clear and highly readable book of about pages.