Familiaris Consortio Reflections

23 November 2011
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23 November 2011, Comments: 0

The MFL Project Office is inviting family ministry practitioners to select a favourite passage from Familiaris Consortio and reflect on the way in which it has influenced or inspired them in their ministry. To offer your own reflection please either contact the MFL Project Office or post it here. Here are the first two reflections for you to enjoy:

Phil Butcher – Coordinator for Marriage & Family Life Ministry, Diocese of Brentwood: The future of humanity passes by way of the family. It is therefore indispensable and urgent that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family (Familiaris Consortio, 86)

Jillian Wilce – Family Life Project Coordinator, Diocese of Plymouth: Since in God’s plan it (the family) has been established as an ‘intimate community of life and love’, the family has the mission to become more and more what it is, that is to say, a community of life and love’ (Familiaris Consortio, 17)

“I particularly like this piece as it requires of the family only to love well. It echoes the words of St. Irenaeus that the glory of God is to be fully alive. This authentic rubbing alongside one another in the joys and sorrows of life, trying to commune authentically  and in love with those about us, is our greatest challenge and our greatest joy. It is about the full life that John tells us Jesus promised us. It also brings great freedom with it and unburdens us from our guilt over practice. As Richard Rohr says, ‘Jesus has a different understanding of personal freedom. Freedom is not the capacity to be what you are not, but the capacity to be fully who you already are, to develop your inherent self as much as God allows.’ Thus when we do come together as a wider family at the table of Our Lord for Eucharist, we continue in this ongoing dynamic of becoming more fully what we receive and what we are: the Body of Christ.”

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