«The Joy of Love». The Structure and Meaning of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

This is the first of just a few articles I am going to post on the pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, the ones that that I think are worthwhile.  Many of the articles on the Internet have become quite repetitive in nature and scope.  This article also gives a very good layout of the structure and the thinking that the pope uses in writing article.  I think as you read this you will also get a feel for the nuance Francis used in writing the document.  This author should know quite well the thoughts of the pope as he is very close to him and is considered a “spiritual son” of Francis…..reyanna

By Antonio Spadaro S J                         April 8, 2016          cybertheology.it

The family is a challenging journey, as it is throughout life, for that matter. The strength, the burden of humanity contained therein are incalculable: the mutual help, the relationships that grow with the growth of the person, the generativity, the educational accompaniment, the sharing of joys and difficulties. The family is the place in which one lives «the joy of love». There are so many signs that speak of the crisis of marriage, but despite everything «the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an inspiration to the Church » (AL 1; RS 2) The first task of pastors must be that of taking care of this joy and to value what is attractive in family life. It is a fragile and complex experience –and for this reason, rich–, that brings into play not ideas, but people. Moreover, «no family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love » (AL 325).


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