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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Families today have too little “human” life.

Letter to Families Gratissimam Sane (February 2, ) | John Paul II

If the fourth commandment demands that honour should be shown to our father and mother, it also makes this demand out of concern for the good of the family. Nowadays people need to rediscover this demanding love, for it is the truly firm foundation of the family, a foundation able to “endure all things”. Inscribed in the personal constitution of every human being is the will of God, who wills that man should be, in a certain sense, gratissmam end unto himself.

In a certain sense civilization means the same thing as “culture”.

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”. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Other interpersonal unions which do not fulfil the above conditions cannot be recognized, despite certain growing trends which represent a serious threat to the future of the family and of society itself.

This is the temptation when one removes children from the environment of their parents in their sexual education, for example, and when one considers their problems without relying on those who have given them life. The book has been published in Italian and Spanish, and will be soon out in French; steps have recently been initiated for the publication of the English edition.

They knew that man had been made a “new creation”: Significantly, in the creation of man this word of God is followed by these other words: As an effort to respond to such grave confusion, the Pontifical Council for the Family has come up with the Lexicon: If the Master confirms it “now”, he does so in order to make clear and unmistakable to all, at the dawn of the New Covenant, the indissoluble character of marriage as the basis of the common good of the family.


Only in those situations where the family is not really self-sufficient does the State have the authority and duty to intervene. He laboured with human hands The real antithesis between individualism and personalism emerges not only on the level of theory, but even more on that of “ethos”.

Their unity, however, rather than closing them up in themselves, opens them towards a new life, towards a new person.

For these very reasons the Church joyfully welcomes the decision of the United Nations Organization to declare the International Year of the Family. In the solemn nuptial blessing during the Rite of Marriage, the celebrant calls grarissimam the Lord in these words: The words of consent, then, gratixsimam what is essential to the common good of the spouses, and they indicate what ought to be the common good of the future family.

The family “expects a recognition of its identity and an acceptance of its status as a subject in society” Gratissimum Sanen. The Fathers of the Church, in the Christian sanr, have spoken of the family as a “domestic church”, a “little church”.

Online text: Letter to Families “Gratissimam Sane”, by Pope St. John Paul II

To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found in Christ the Redeemer of man” Gratissimum Sanen. Nowadays, however, emphasis tends to be laid on how much the family, as the smallest and most basic human community, owes to the personal contribution of a man and a woman.

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. Honour is essentially an attitude of unselfishness. If the family is so important for the civilization of love, it is because of the particular closeness and wane of the saje which come to be between persons and generations within the family. Do we not often speak of the “human family” when referring to all the people living in the world?


Some of these insights can be taken from the very sciences which have evolved from the earlier study of anthropology into various specialized sciences such as biology, psychology, sociology and their branches.

First of all, by way of contrast: Its public and political dimensions, central in social life, have to be preserved.

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His words are well known to those who, with deep insight into the events of the present time, expect that the Church will not only not abandon “sound doctrine”, but will proclaim it with renewed vigour, seeking in today’s “signs of the times” the incentive and insights which can lead to a deeper understanding of her teaching.

It is not an exaggeration to reaffirm that the life of nations, of states, and of international organizations “passes” through the family and “is based” on the fourth commandment of the Decalogue. Nonetheless, the apparatus of the State also has, in some sense, a “soul” of its own, to the extent that it lives up to its nature as a “political community” juridically ordered towards the common good.

A crisis of truth means, in the first place, a crisis of concepts. What Christ tells us, in this particular moment of history, constitutes a forceful call to a great prayer with families and for families.

On occasion the birth of a child appears to be a simple statistical fact, registered like so many other data in demographic records. Education is thus a unique process for which the mutual communion of persons has immense importance. Through their own experience spouses come to learn the meaning of responsible fatherhood and motherhood.

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