“Love is always good news.” – Jean Laffitte
The greatest joy for a Christian is pursuing the purpose for which God created him or her. For many, that purpose is marriage and family.
In The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness (on-sale Sept. 1) Bishop Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family at the Vatican, stresses the importance of the family in the twenty-first century and issues a call to action for everyone to reinvigorate the teachings of Jesus in his or her day-to-day life.
“The vocation of marriage, the “choice of the family,” is not the only Christian path to meaning and joy,” writes Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, archbishop of Philadelphia, in the book’s preface, “but it’s the invitation most men and women will hear from the loving God who made them.”
“It’s a call to wholeness, to abundant life, to enduring happiness,” writes Archbishop Chaput, “And very few people grasp that fact more deeply or speak of it more articulately than the man you will encounter in these pages.”
As secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, one of Bishop Laffitte’s primary responsibilities is the organizing of a World Meeting of Families every three years.
Not only is The Choice of the Family an excellent resource for anyone wanting to better understand church teaching on issues concerning marriage and family life, but it is an especially valuable resource for those wishing to understand the vision behind the upcoming World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia in September 2015, which will coincide with Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States.
BISHOP JEAN LAFFITTE is the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He previously served as vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
“The Choice of the Family is a testament to the joy of the Christian family fully alive. Bishop Laffitte’s own joy of being Christian—the joy of a deep, vibrant, expansive friendship with Christ, whose very life as God is one of a communion of persons—permeates this book with vitality, and provides an appreciation for the Catholic vision of the family that is at once a practical and a sublime guide for every Catholic family seeking to become who they are.” —Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus
“In his ministry as a priest, bishop, and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Jean Laffitte’s contribution to the Christian understanding of marriage and family in the modern world has been invaluable. The interviews with Bishop Laffitte that make up the book you’re about to read reveal a man of compassion, intelligence, and deep love for the vocation of married couples and families.” —Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia
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