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Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of LoveFrom the Desk of Fr. Donahue

Dear Parishioners,

Peace to you from the rectory! I am happy to report that I finished reading Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love in the family. 

That it took me several weeks to complete is a reminder that this is not a short document. Pope Francis himself observed that not every part of the document needs to be read by every person. Given his suggestion, accessing the document online and printing out the pertinent parts may be one of the most efficient ways of benefitting from the document without having to read the whole thing.

If you are interested in this approach, I recommend paragraphs #89-119. There you will find Pope Francis’ commentary on St. Paul’s famous passage on true love (I Cor 13:4-7). While the Pope’s words are intended specifically for couples and their children, his insights are applicable to everyone, as true love is the universal call for every person, independent of one’s particular state in life. Focusing on those 30 paragraphs will give you a taste of Pope Francis’ thought, without getting overwhelmed by the other 300 paragraphs in the rest of the document.

Another approach to reading Amoris Laetitia would be to buy it as a bound volume. There are several companies that have published an edition and these can be found on Amazon. The obvious benefit of the bound volume is that all the pages are in one place, even if you don’t intend to read every page.

Another benefit of the bound volume – at least for two publishing companies, Word Among Us and Our Sunday Visitor – is that they contain a study guide with helpful questions. In addition to being thought-provoking, I found that the questions in the Word Among Us edition also served as something like an index for the most important ideas in each section.

In a document as large as Amoris Laetitia – where it is easy to forget where some significant point was encountered – that has been a helpful feature. More suggestions on reading Amoris Laetitia to come!

St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!

Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue

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