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"De complexe maatschappelijke werkelijkheid en de uitdagingen die het gezin vandaag is geroepen onder ogen te zien, vragen om een grotere inzet van heel de christelijke gemeenschap voor de voorbereiding van de huwenden op het huwelijk. Het is noodzakelijk het belang van de deugden in herinnering te roepen. Hieronder blijkt de kuisheid een kostbare voorwaarde te zijn voor een echte groei van de liefde tussen de personen. Wat deze noodzaak betreft, hebben de synodale vaders eensgezind de behoefte onderstreept aan een grotere betrokkenheid van heel de gemeenschap. The Fathers also spoke of the need for specific programmes of marriage preparation aimed at giving couples a genuine experience of participation in ecclesial life and a complete introduction to various aspects of family life." Bisschoppensynodes, 3e Buitengewone Algemene Bisschoppensynode, Relatio Synodi - Familiesynode 2014 (18 okt 2014), 39

I encourage Christian communities to recognize the great benefit that they themselves receive from supporting engaged couples as they grow in love. As the Italian bishops have observed, those couples are

“a valuable resource because, as they sincerely commit themselves to grow in love and self-giving, they can help renew the fabric of the whole ecclesial body. Their special form of friendship can prove contagious and foster the growth of friendship and fraternity in the Christian community of which they are a part”. Italië, Bisschopopelijke Commissie voor huwelijk en gezin, Orientamenti pastorali sulla preparazione al matrimonio e alla famiglia (22 okt 2012), 1

There are a number of legitimate ways to structure programmes of marriage preparation, and each local Church will discern how best to provide a suitable formation without distancing young people from the sacrament. They do not need to be taught the entire Catechismus-Compendium
Catechismus van de Katholieke Kerk
(15 augustus 1997)
or overwhelmed with too much information. Here too,

“it is not great knowledge, but rather the ability to feel and relish things interiorly that contents and satisfies the soul”. H. Ignatius van Loyola, Geestelijke Oefeningen. Annotatie 2

Quality is more important than quantity, and priority should be given – along with a renewed proclamation of the kerygma – to an attractive and helpful presentation of information that can help couples to live the rest of their lives together

“with great courage and generosity”. H. Ignatius van Loyola, Geestelijke Oefeningen. Annotatie 5

Marriage preparation should be a kind of “initiation” to the sacrament of matrimony, providing couples with the help they need to receive the sacrament worthily and to make a solid beginning of life as a family. 

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Both short-term and long-term marriage preparation should ensure that the couple do not view the wedding ceremony as the end of the road, but instead embark upon marriage as a lifelong calling based on a firm and realistic decision to face all trials and difficult moments together. The pastoral care of engaged and married couples should be centred on the marriage bond, assisting couples not only to deepen their love but also to overcome problems and difficulties. This involves not only helping them to accept the Church’s teaching and to have recourse to her valuable resources, but also offering practical programmes, sound advice, proven strategies and psychological guidance. All this calls for a pedagogy of love, attuned to the feelings and needs of young people and capable of helping them to grow interiorly. Marriage preparation should also provide couples with the names of places, people and services to which they can turn for help when problems arise. It is also important to remind them of the availability of the sacrament of Reconciliation, which allows them to bring their sins and past mistakes, and their relationship itself, before God, and to receive in turn his merciful forgiveness and healing strength. 

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Naam: AMORIS LAETITIA
Over vreugde van de liefde
Soort: Paus Franciscus - Postsynodale Apostolische Exhortatie
Auteur: Paus Franciscus
Datum: 19 maart 2016
Copyrights: © 2016, Libreria Editrice Vaticana / Stg. InterKerk / summacatholica.blogspot.nl / SRKK
Werkvert.: Dr. Jörgen Vijgen;
© 2016 'Theologie van het Lichaam' en 'De kracht van het gezin': Betsaida, 's-Hertogenbosch 2016;
Trefwoordenlijst: redactie
Bewerkt: 7 november 2019

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