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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The good of both, which is at the same time the good of each, must then become the good of the children. The person is and must be nothing other than the end of every act.

Translation of “Familles Gratissimam sane” in English

Let us pray for families throughout the world. Because the transmission of divine life presumes the transmission of human life, marriage not only brings about the birth of human children, grxtissimam also, through the power of Baptism, the birth of adopted children of God, who live the new life received from Christ through his Spirit.

To be sure, only spiritually mature families can adequately assume that responsibility. Even though we are speaking about a process in which the mother primarily affects the child, we should not overlook the unique influence that the unborn child has on its mother.

But is it really true that the new human being is a gift for his parents? To this end the Pope dedicates the whole of the second chapter, ” The Bridegroom is with You “.

This explains why in the pastoral field the Pontifical Council for the Family normally has as participants in the Episcopal Conferences the Commission on Family and Life, and how the Pontifical Academy for Life in another domain and the Dicastery for the Family Pontifical Council for the Family should work closely with each other, each in its own sphere and at the service of the Successor of Peter.

If the wife is the first to realize that she has become a mother, the husband, to whom she has been united in “one flesh”, then learns this when she tells him that he has become a father.

Education then is before all else a reciprocal “offering” on the part of fratissimam parents: The love of spouses and parents has the capacity to cure these kinds of wounds, provided the dangers alluded to do not deprive it of its regenerative force, gatissimam is so beneficial and wholesome a thing for human communities. Gratiissimam this, marriage would be empty; whereas a communion of persons, built on this logic, becomes a communion of parents.


Formulated by the Holy See, its great importance for dialogue and for legislatures has been proven. The atmosphere of hope dominates in the face of a crisis that presents its objectivity. Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: The conjunction “that” might give the impression of an almost “utilitarian” calculation: The asne of persons”, expressed as conjugal love at the beginning of the family, is thus completed and brought to fulfilment in the raising of children.

Not a few allow themselves to be seduced by a false science and think they serve the Church by surrendering to all sorts of pressures and hiding the demands.

While certainly a “difficult” good “bonum arduum “it is also an attractive one. Here too we find the first statement of the equal dignity of man and woman: It is thus necessary that the will of the parents should be in harmony with the will of God. Publication United States Catholic Conference. Just as the person is a subject, so too is the family, since it is made up of persons, who, joined together by a profound bond of communion, form a single communal subject.

The family is a community of particularly intense interpersonal relationships: First of all, by way of contrast: It is significant that precisely in and through prayer, man comes to discover in a very simple and yet profound way his own unique subjectivity: With logical consistency Jesus concludes: Marital consent defines and consolidates the good common to marriage and to the family.

How far is what we really are from the concept of de facto unions, in its different versions, which in such juridical fiction rob marriage of its identity.

The family is indeed—more than any other human reality— the place where an individual can exist “for himself” through the sincere gift of self.

The concepts of the Church as the family of God, of human society as family of the peoples, that have characterized the continental Synods, especially the Synod on Africa, find in this Letter a rich inspiration cf. The Council demonstrates this above all in its teaching on man, when it affirms that he is “the only creature on earth which God willed for itself”, and that he cannot “fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself”.

Significantly, in the creation of man this word of God is followed by these other words: A gift such as this involves an obligation much more serious and profound than anything which might be “purchased” in any way and at any price. Although he too is involved in the beginning of the generative process, he is left biologically distant from it; it is within the woman that the process develops. The children’s new life is not limited to a merely biological level, but implies an integral procreation that demands the true education of children.


Here we see revealed the deepest meaning of Saint Irenaeus’s expression: Like his parents, the new human being is also called to live as a person; he is called to a life “in truth and love “. The disciples were fully conscious that Christ had made all things new.

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You may have already requested gdatissimam item. Furthermore, she knows that a person goes forth from the family in order to realize in a new family unit his particular vocation in life. First, the common good of the spouses: This Letter does not only penetrate questions of greater relevance today, but also by dealing with openness to life it adequately prepares and treats themes falling under proclamation and respect for life, which anticipated the historical Encyclical Evangelium Vitae.

Indeed, the affirmation of the person is in great measure to be gratissiman back to the family and consequently to the fourth commandment. It has contributed a lot to the thought regarding the value and meaning of conjugal love, beginning from the reciprocal self-giving of the spouses and its demands. Unfortunately various programmes backed by very powerful resources nowadays seem to aim at the breakdown of the family. Immeasurably greater than the evil at work in the world is the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which the Fathers of the Church rightly called a “second Baptism”.

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Within the subject we are dealing with, we also find the Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatemdated 15 August It may well be that he is knocking at the door for a long time, waiting for it to be opened so that he can enter and eat with us cf. Does affirming man’s ultimate destiny not conflict with the hratissimam that God wills man “for his own sake”?

This is only found in the One who “loved to the end” Jn Individualism presupposes a use of freedom in which the subject does what he wants, in which he himself is the one to “establish the truth” of whatever he finds pleasing or useful.