REVOLUTION OF MERCY, EXCERPT, chapter two
Our goal as married Christians should be so evident.
We set out with ideas about how to be married and raise children, but it’s so easy to lose sight of why we’re doing what we’re doing. Sleepless nights, strong emotions, annoying people – these start to blur the objective.
We need to know that what we DO all day (pick up toys, make meals, write blogs, have an inane conversation, throw in YET another load of laundry) corresponds to some Christ-centered goal. It’s difficult to cultivate the objectivity required to respond loving to those around us when we are wandering exhausted and uncertain or even aware of the bigger picture.
The daily challenges of family like can spiral us downwards sometimes and the goal of heaven seems remote.
Understanding inspires actions. It’s vital to keep pursuing understanding of what it all means.
What is our mission? Who are we, families? What, my friends, exactly is the point?
Pope St. John Paul II gave us this phrase, “Family, become what you are.” In his wisdom, he also gave us the guidebook to know “what we are.” Familiaris Consortio, written in the 1980’s is that guidebook. Succinct, profound and beautiful, this tiny book makes sense out of the inevitable chaos of family life.
Family, he says is an intimate community of life and love. That’s what a family is. What a family does, its mission:
“to guard, reveal and communicate love”
Now, shouldn’t that be written on our hearts and our fridges and bumper stickers?
Protect love. Make it know. Transmit it to another. Do it yourself. Start a revolution in your own home. Make it your minute by minute goal to guard, reveal, communicate – love.
Love with wild abandon. Love when you are hurting or angry. Let love float to the top and trump all else.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love never fails. St. Paul (who always knows what he’s talking about)