Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’
From On the Family: It is to the families of our times that the Church must bring the unchangeable and ever new Gospel of Jesus Christ
From On the Family: Following Christ, the Church seeks the truth, which is not always the same as the majority opinion.
From On the Family: The situation in which the family finds itself presents positive aspects [which] are a sign of the salvation of Christ operating in the world.
From On the Family: The situation in which the family finds itself presents negative aspects: a sign of the refusal [of] the love of God.
From On the Family: The great task that has to be faced today…is that of recapturing the ultimate meaning of life and its fundamental values.
From On the Family: [Families need] a continuous, permanent conversion.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: [God’s] hand has inscribed the vocation to marriage in the very nature of man and woman.
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: Love and truth never abandon [people] completely, because these are the vocation planted by God in the heart and mind of every human person (Pope Benedict XVI).
From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity established by mutual consent.
Some couples say that they strongly believe that God intended them to be together; even that God had a hand in their coming together. For our marriage, it seems that God is like the air that surrounds us. God sustains us even though much of the day we take that presence for granted.
Over the past several years, as chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family Life, I’ve had the privilege of listening to many couples reflect on their marriage. Repeatedly, I’ve been struck by how many speak of their sense of helping each other to heaven. They instinctively grasp St. Paul’s call to “a still […]
Communication What is the one indispensable ingredient for making marriages work? Family life educators usually answer: communication. This is good news, because effective communication can be learned. Skills such as active listening, using “I” statements, paying attention to my feelings and those of my spouse, and learning tips for “fighting fair” make marriage easier. Some […]