On Friday, Pope Francis released his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love. I’m still working on it. It’s over 250 pages! But I’d like to comment on it as I go. Here is the first of what I predict will be 12 reflections.
Of course someone with the religious name of Dorothy Day would highlight first the importance stressed on the dignity of work.
“It is clear from the very first pages of the Bible that work is an essential part of human dignity…”
– 23, Amoris Laetitia
What, you may ask, does this have to do with family? Frankly, everything! It is through work that the family is provided for. Everyone in the family works in one way or another toward the good of the family.
When paid work is hard to come by, the family suffers.
When work becomes inordinately important, the family suffers.
When unpaid work is disparaged, the family suffers.
When work is given the dignity it is due regardless of whether the work is well-paid or flashy, the family prospers.
When work is held in balance with leisure and family time, the family prospers.
When the unemployed get the jobs they need, the family prospers.
Work is a very important topic to discuss when discussing the current state of the family and I’m glad to see it in this Apostolic Exhortation.
I love the fact that the exhortation itself warns against speed-reading:
“Consequently, I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text.”- 7, Amoris Laetitia
So, please take with a grain of salt anything you’ve read about this document over the weekend, especially by the secular press on the hunt for clicks and sensationalism.