‘The Joy of Love’: Dimensions of discernment for disciples

This is the fourth in a series that Archbishop Cupich of the Chicago Archdiocese has posted on the on-line diocesan newspaper, Catholic New World.  He writes so understandably on the issue of discernment.  I have read the other articles in the series and may have even posted links to some of them.  Instead of sorting all of that out, please note that at the end of this article, there is a link to the others in the series.  They are all good, all helping explain Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris laetitia.  It seems that the discussion of this document continues unabated, something I think PF probably knew would happen and is happy to see happen…..reyanna

By Ab. Blase Cupich         September 4 – 17 issue          Catholic New World on-line

“The Joy of Love,” Pope Francis’ response to the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops, marks a fresh and even revolutionary approach to the church’s teaching on marriage and family life. As I noted earlier, this approach is anchored in the Holy Father’s insight that, as we see throughout Scripture, God has chosen families as the privileged place to reveal himself and his saving action in the world.

Pope Francis hopes to inspire families and married couples to value more fully their experiences as graced experiences — as moments that help us all discern God’s call. Likewise, Francis also uses this insight to urge pastors to view the families they serve not as problems to be solved, but as opportunities to better know God’s will.

Marriage is best understood as “a dynamic path to personal development,” the pope writes. As such, pastors should “make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations.” The Holy Father adds that pastors “have been called to form consciences, not to replace them.”

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