In order to prepare our hearts for the World Meeting of Families and the anticipated visit from Pope Francis to the United States, we as a team are reflecting on a catechism on family life entitled, Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. Each week we will reflect on one chapter from this catechism. You can learn more about the World Meeting of Families at WorldMeeting2015.org.
WEEK 2: The Mission of Love – Reflection by: Vanessa Acosta
Growing up there is always the pressure to answer, “What do I want to do with my life?” In today’s society, if someone does not have a plan as to where they want to be in 5 years it can be seen as weakness or irresponsibility.
As I was nearing my college graduation I asked myself, “What do I want in life?” The most honest way I could answer this is – I want to love to my fullest potential. Perhaps that is how I came to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. My mission in this profession is to be a vessel of Christ’s love to every person who steps into my office. And yet, that is precisely the mission we are called to live as human beings created in God’s image – we are called to a Mission of Love.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8)
The mission of every family is to love one another as God loves us. He has given us a family because it is through our family, especially our mom and dad, that we first encounter love and who are to help us understand God’s love. Maybe some of us do not have mom and/or dad or maybe we do not have the best relationships with our family members, whatever the case each member of the family is called to make a complete gift of themselves to the other members – that is how we become a reflection of God’s love. I had to learn that even though my parents are no longer with me on earth, they taught me so much about how to love – about God’s love – and now I get the privilege of reflecting the love of the Father to my remaining family and friends.
The Bible is the greatest love story ever told – a love story between God and His people. The covenant of marriage is used by God to explain the intense love of God for His people (Jer. 2:2; Is. 54:5) and the love of Christ to the Church (Eph. 5). The marriage between God and His people also experiences the rockiness many marriages face today (Jer. 3:20), but God perseveres in His love for His people (Hos. 3:1-3).
This week, the World Meeting of Families catechesis reminds us:
Christian love involves much more than emotion. It includes the erotic and affective, but it is also a choice
Christian marriage is not a negotiation over rights and responsibilities, but a description of mutual self-giving
The human family is modeled after the Trinity – the way the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit live in loving communion with one another
Marriage and family relationships are not always easy – but this kind of radical, liberating capacity to “abandon our prerogatives and give ourselves to others” is the thread that unites all Catholic teaching on marriage and the family.
(Love Is Our Mission The Family Fully Alive; A preparatory catechesis for the
World Meeting of Families). (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014).
Vanessa Acosta works in our Fulfillment Department and is the Fundraising Coordinator for Los Angeles County. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who in her free time enjoys playing soccer, baking, and spending time with her family.
Her favorite saint is St. Monica because of her dedicated, prayerful lifestyle amidst the suffering she experienced. Her favorite My Saint My Hero piece is the Benedictine Petite Necklace.
Read More –
Week 8 A Home for the Wounded Heart
Week 7 Light in a Dark World
Week 6 All Love Bears Fruit
Week 5 Creating the Future
Week 1 Created for Joy