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Family: Become What You Are

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In 1981, Pope John Paul II published his encyclical Familiaris Consortio on the role of the Christian family in the modern world. In that encyclical he issued an exhortation: “Family, become what you are” (n. 17). Before you can become what you are raises the question of what you are and what you are to become, and the Pope offers an answer to that question. Central to that answer is his definition of family as “domestic church” (n. 21), a term he takes from Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s document on the church (n. 11).

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