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Blessed Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Family @ LovingTheChurch.com

A look at Familiaris Consortio, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.This week at LovingTheChurch.com, I discuss Blessed Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Family. Turning to his Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), I consider the questions:

What exactly is the Catholic family?

What practical things can the Catholic family do to remain faithful to Christ?

Blessed Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Family

May God bless you and keep you! Blessed Pope John Paul II, pray for us. Amen.

The Business of Trying

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said:

God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.

It is so easy to become discouraged when we repeatedly fail, when we seem completely unable to do the things we know we need to do.

To give into discouragement is to live without hope. It is for this reason that we must be in the business of trying.

Toby Mac has a great song, Get Back Up, in which he sings:

We lose our way, we get back up again
It’s never too late to get back up again
And one day you gonna’ shine again
You may be knocked down, but not out forever.

For me, this has to be my mantra. The grace of Jesus Christ is always available to me. Yet, wounded as I am by original sin, it remains a struggle…a battle.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on original sin and baptism has this to say:

405 Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin – an inclination to evil that is called “concupiscence”. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.

The Church, in her Spirit-guided wisdom, draws our attention to the summon[s]..to spiritual battle. We have to stay engaged, through grace, in the struggle. The growth of virtue in our lives requires this. The Catechism affirms this truth:

1810 Human virtues acquired by education, by deliberate acts and by a perseverance ever-renewed in repeated efforts are purified and elevated by divine grace. With God’s help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good. The virtuous man is happy to practice them.

1811 It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Christ’s gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and shun evil.

So let us today be about the business of trying; asking for grace, frequenting the sacraments (especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist), and cooperating with the Holy Spirit.

With Toby Mac and the Catholic Church let us continually remind ourselves that when we lose our way, we get back up again.