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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To relegate it to a subordinate or secondary role, excluding it from its rightful position in society, would be to inflict grave harm on the authentic growth of society as a whole.

All married life is a gift; but this becomes most evident when the spouses, in gratidsimam themselves to each other in love, bring about that encounter which makes them “one flesh” Gen 2: Kneeling before the Father, from whom all fatherhood and motherhood come, the future parents come to realize that they have been “redeemed”.

Here we meet another way of expressing what the family is. 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.

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

Thus, he preferred to call it a “Letter”. But is it really true that a child brings nothing to the family and society? Other rights however touch the family unit only sae Etymologically the word “civilization” is derived from “civis ” — “citizen”, and it emphasizes the civic or political dimension of the life of every individual.

Moreover, this is not the first time the Church has made her own an international initiative of the United Nations. And incomparably greater than all is the power of the Eucharist.


Translation of “Familles Gratissimam sane” in English

Even when they entrust these responsibilities to ecclesiastical institutions or to schools administered by religious personnel, their educational presence ought to continue to be constant and active.

Here we see revealed the deepest meaning of Saint Irenaeus’s expression: The Creator of the universe is the God of love and of life: Some rights refer to the family, others to life cf. We are speaking of the responsibility for that particular common good in which is included the good of the person, of every member of the family community.

It must become a union in prayer. 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.

The more common the good, the more properly one’s own it will also be: The Church has made notable efforts to promote marriage preparation, for example by offering courses for engaged couples. With the date of 22 Octoberwe have the Charter of the Rights of the Family of the Holy See, which had been requested during the Synod dedicated to the Family.

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

The process from conception and growth in the mother’s womb to birth makes it possible to create a space within which the new creature can be revealed as a sanf This is quite understandable. The moral conscience becomes darkened; what yratissimam true, good and beautiful is deformed; and freedom is replaced by what is actually enslavement.

The Sae of the Rights of the Family, on the basis of the moral principles mentioned above, consolidates the existence of the institution of the family in the social and juridical order of the “greater” society—those of the nation, of the State and of international communities.


By sharing in the nation’s cultural heritage, the family contributes to that specific sovereignty, which has its origin in a distinct culture and language.

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Is that not precisely the moment when there gratissimaam an indispensable need for the “outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit” invoked in the liturgical celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony? It is the Gospel truth concerning the gift of self, without which the person cannot “fully find himself”, which makes possible an appreciation of how profoundly this “sincere gift” is rooted in the gift of God, Creator and Redeemer, and in the “grace of the Holy Spirit” which the celebrant during the Rite of Marriage prays will be “poured out” on the spouses.

Families today have too little “human” life. Families — Religious life. Marital consent defines and consolidates the good common to marriage and to the family.

The gospel of love is the inexhaustible source of all that nourishes the human family as a “communion of persons”. The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format. When you meet for meals and are together in harmony, Christ is close to you. From the outset they need to have their hearts and thoughts turned towards the God “from whom every family is named”, so that their fatherhood and motherhood will draw from that source the power to be continually renewed in love.

Nonetheless, in conjugal love and in paternal and maternal love we should find inscribed the same truth about man which the Council expressed in a clear and concise way in its statement that God “willed man for his own sake”.