The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness

The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness


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“The Christian life we are called to live within the family is not something just to be studied. It is something to be lived. And it is something to be lived with joy.”
-Carl A. Anderson, from the Introduction
When the Catholic Church speaks of "vocation," she means the "calling out" of each human person to accomplish a task preordained by God in the co-redemption of the world. Every human being has a vocation. God created each individual soul with a specific purpose in mind. Thus, the greatest joy for a Christian is pursuing the purpose for which God created him or her. For Christians, marriage is a vocation.

In this series of interviews and reflections, the Head of the Pontifical Council on the Family at the Vatican focuses on the intricacies of family. Bishop Laffitte provides theological and practical insight to deepen our relationships with our parents, children, brothers and sisters, and, ultimately, God. The Choice of the Family stresses the importance of the family in the twenty-first century. and issues a call to action for everyone to reinvigorate the teachings of Jesus in his or her day-to-day life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553447538
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

REVEREND JEAN LAFFITTE is the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He previously served as vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword Carl Anderson 1

Preface Archbishop Charles J. Chaput 7

Your Journey 15

Engagement: Giving One's Faith 37

Divine Love and Human Love: Faith and Fidelity 67

Free Love and Free Love in God: Fidelity and Freedom 105

Two Names of Fidelity: Obedience and Authority 115

The School of Love and the Chain of the Living 159

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