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At her most luminous

· The Church in the Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ ·

“When the Church tirelessly listens, heals, reconciles, she is at her most luminous: a communion of love, compassion, consolation, a clear reflection of the Risen Christ. Never distant, never on the defensive, free of severity, she is able to radiate in our human hearts the humble certitude of faith”. 

When I read Amoris Laetitia, these few lines from Br. Roger immediately returned to my mind and, once again, I was struck by the spiritual proximity between Pope Francis and the founder of our Taizé community: the same pastoral heart, the same attention to the poor, to the young, to those who feel distanced from the faith, the same appeal to the joy of the Gospel. And above all: the same basic, primordial insistence on God’s unconditional love for every human being. God cannot help but love. No one is excluded, neither from his love nor from his forgiveness. The Church is called to bear witness to it. All this was present in Evangelii Gaudium and now has a dominant place in Amoris Laetitia, which was written to give strength to women and men in committed Christian marriages.

The Pope’s Exhortation begins not by expounding the problems known by many families nor by enumerating the rules that they must respect. The Pope seeks first of all the light that the Word of God brings to family life. This modality touches us, Taizé brothers, because it is impossible not to have a positive ecumenical resonance. Throughout the Bible, the Pope says, we find families “with their love stories and family crises”, families torn apart, at times, by sorrow and pain, but that seek to pass on the faith to their children. Jesus himself “knows the anxieties and tensions experienced by families”.

Br. Alois

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