Pope Francis: Marriage is the First Sacrament of Humanity

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As we would describe it here in Oklahoma, Pope Francis said a mouthful.

His comments on family life have been spot on. Here are a few from a discussion he gave Friday to the XXI Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family:

The family is the “community of life,” the “natural center of human life,” the “engine of the world and society,” and the “place  (where) you learn to love.”

Each of us builds his own personality in the family.

In the family a person becomes aware of his own dignity and especially if his education is Christian, recognizes the dignity of every human person.

Marriage is the ‘first sacrament of humanity.’

A society that abandons its children and marginalizes the elderly severs its roots and obscures its future.

From News.va:

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called the family a “community of life with its own consistent autonomy”, and that it is the “natural centre of human life”, “the engine of the world and history”, and the “place you learn to love”.
He was speaking on Friday to participants of the XXI Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Assembly has been looking at the theme “Family, Live the Joy of Faith” and also marked the 30th Anniversary of the Holy See’s 1983 Charter on the Rights of the Family.

“Each of us builds his own personality in the family, growing up with their mother and father, brothers and sisters, breathing in the warmth of the house,” Pope Francis said. “In the family, a person becomes aware of his own dignity, and especially if his education is Christian, recognizes the dignity of every human person, and in a special way, that of the sick, weak and marginalized.”
The Holy Father reminded the participants the family is based on marriage, which he called “like a first sacrament of humanity”.
“In marriage, we give ourselves completely without calculation or reservation, sharing everything – gifts and sacrifices – trusting in God’s Providence,” Pope Francis said. “This is the experience that young people can learn from their parents and grandparents. It is an experience of faith in God and mutual trust, of profound freedom, of holiness, because holiness pre-supposes giving of yourself with faithfulness and sacrifice every day of your life!”
The Pope then spoke briefly about two stages of family life: childhood and old age.
“Children and the elderly are the two poles of life and also the most vulnerable, often the most forgotten,” he said. “A society that abandons children and marginalizes the elderly severs its roots and obscures its future. Whenever a child is abandoned and an old person is marginalized, is not just an act of injustice, but it also demonstrates the failure of that society. Taking care of children and the elderly is the only choice of civilization.”

  • RelapsedCatholic

    I agree so whole heartedly that I cannot express it with words alone. The fact that so many people are willing to put their own desires and happiness in front of those of their children is not only short sighted but extremely selfish. Raising children well is simply the most important thing anyone can do. I know this as a parent myself, and especially as a high school teacher.

    However, the fact that Rome cannot see the beauty and dignity present in the families created by gay and lesbians remains troublesome. Get to know them, they are true reflections of Christ’s love.

    • Almario Javier

      On the contrary, the Church sees dignity in all human beings and even in the relationships between those not always conforming to the ideals of Christ – which is a pretty broad scope of people, all of us being sinners. We just cannot call sin not-sin.

      • pagansister

        No sin, just 2 loving parents that happen to be of the same gender.

        • Almario Javier

          That is, from the Catholic standpoint, a sinful situation.

    • pagansister

      Well said. Like your last paragraph in particular.

    • savvy

      Extended families have always been around. The issue is affirming different sexual relationships and calling them marriage or family.

      This is the beginning of the end of civil marriage, because it’s been reduced to a contract between two people for tax purposes.

      It’s this definition that the church does not want on it’s views on marriage.


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