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Series Title: Publication (United States Catholic Conference. Office of Publishing and Promotion Services), no. Other Titles: Gratissimam sane. role, excluding it from its rightful position in society, would be to inflict grave harm on the authentic growth of society as a whole” (Gratissimam Sane, , no . John Paul II’s Letter to Families – A Summary. Last edited 25th May John Paul II’s Letter to Families – A Summary. In , Pope John Paul II.

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Nowadays, however, emphasis tends to be laid on how much the family, as the smallest and most basic human community, owes to the personal contribution of a man and a woman. This “inner strength” is necessary in all family life, especially at its critical moments, when the love which was expressed in the saen rite of marital consent with the words, “I promise to be faithful to you always God speaks to these newly-created beings and he blesses them: To be convinced that this is the case, one need only look at certain sexual education programmes saane into the schools, often notwithstanding the disagreement and even the protests of many parents; or pro-abortion tendencies which vainly try to hide behind the so-called “right to choose” “pro-choice ” on the part of both spouses, and in particular on the part of the woman.

Selfishness in all its forms is directly and radically opposed to the civilization of love. By obstinately holding to her own positions, it is said, the Church will end up losing popularity, and more and more believers will turn away from her. The gospel gratissimak love is the inexhaustible source of all that nourishes the human family as a “communion of persons”.

With extraordinary dynamism, the movements, parishes and the force of the good abound. It consolidates the family institution in national and international communities with an “almost organic” link. As a community of love and life, the family is a firmly grounded social reality.

Freedom cannot be understood as a license to do absolutely anything: The personal communion of the “I” and “you” opens itself up through human procreation towards the most noble task of paternity and maternity, which is made through the permanent fidelity in mutual self-giving.


Indeed, the affirmation of the person is in great measure to be referred back to the family and consequently to the fourth commandment. In this Letter I wish to speak not to families “in the abstract” but to every particular family in every part of the world, wherever it is located and whatever the diversity and complexity of its culture snae history.

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This reciprocal giving of self reveals the spousal nature of love. First, the common good of the spouses: The age in which we live, notwithstanding the many juridical Declarations which have been drafted, is still threatened to a great extent by “alienation”.

The programme of utilitarianism, based on an individualistic understanding of freedom —a freedom without responsibilities —is the opposite of love, even as an expression of human civilization considered as a whole. Within the subject we are dealing with, we also find the Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatemdated 15 August In the light of the New Testament it is possible to discern how the primordial model of the family is to be sought in God himself, in the Trinitarian mystery of his life.

This can be expressed in various practical ways, as for example by associations of families for families.

Online text: Letter to Families “Gratissimam Sane”, by Pope St. John Paul II

You know that he, as the Good Shepherd, is prepared to lay down his own life for his flock cf. Have we not seen such behaviour in the ethical relativism that slips into the adjusted interpretations not only of Humanae Vitaebut also of the concepts of contraception, contragestation?

Without such an “outpouring”, it would be very difficult to understand all this and to carry it out as man’s vocation. In the name of the Church I express my gratitude to all! It might appear that in destining man for divine life God definitively takes away man’s existing “for his own sake”.

Familles Gratissimam sane – Translation into English – examples French | Reverso Context

In view of all this, how relevant and thought-provoking are the words of the Apostle Paul about the freedom for which Christ has set us free, and the slavery which is caused by sin cf. WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Does it bind us only to honour our parents? In both cases, the link of the family with the ethnic group or the nation is founded above all on a participation in its culture.


The definitions of family and life are changed. The Holy Father insistently convokes us to prayer, and for this reason he directs himself to all families, regardless of the diversity and complexity of the cultures cf.

Nevertheless, in every culture this duty remains primarily that of the persons who, united in marriage, form a particular family. Through the genealogy of persons, conjugal communion becomes a communion of generations. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. And he reminds them grafissimam the One who created man created him male and female, and ordained that “a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” Gen 2: This is the first and greatest commandment, the commandment of love for God “above all else”: Parents are also called to “honour” their children, whether they are young or old.

Office of Publishing and Promotion Servicesno. Why does the Church continue to do this?

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Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this gratissimaj is a favorite of yours. In any event, this does not lessen the fundamental meaning of the imperative “honour “, which by its nature suggests an attitude of unselfishness.

While speaking about employment in reference to the family, it is appropriate to emphasize how important and burdensome is the work women do within the family unit: