Pope John Paul II is a brave man. Speaking the truth in unstable and unfriendly countries, standing boldly against the popular demise of morality, traveling furiously even when weakened by sickness-no one can deny his courage.
But the pope does more than just model strength for us: He calls us to it. His apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World ), is such a call. This papal document sets out the seemingly impossible mission facing every married couple and every family in the world today: It alerts us to the fact that "the family is the object of numerous forces that seek to destroy it or in some way to deform it" and then reveals strategies for overcoming them. It shows a dying society the root of its problems and offers a renewed vision of human life, marriage, and family that will bring healing to a wounded humanity.
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