Spiritan Features

Reflection Day on Amoris Laetitia Kimmage Manor 23rd August 2017

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Ireland in August 2018, The Office for Spiritan Life & Identity organised an initial study of Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia, the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family.

Introducing the document, Brian O'Toole C.S.Sp. outlined the content, focussing on the pastoral and spiritual dimensions.  He emphasised the call to holiness of family life, and the challenges that spouses face as they journey together as one, in love, harmony and togetherness. Issues addressed included marriage-preparation, the central role of prayer, and the regular use of words of appreciation.

Carmel and Pat Duneen spoke of what the document meant to them. As a married couple and as active members of Teams of Our Lady,they were conscious of much that the Holy Father spoke of.               

The challenges facing families, especially those who are attempting to live according to Christian values, were noted. Some feared that the document may not reflect current realities but noted that it encouraged Christians to accept people where they were, and, by prayer and example, to encourage them to a deeper love of one another and of the God who made them and brought them together.