The Choice of the Family – Book Review

Jean and Veronique Sanchez conducted interviews with Bishop Jean Laffitte about marriage and family. Bishop Laffitte is the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Council created by Pope John II is a part of the curia for the Roman Catholic Church. The goal of the Council is to support and promote pastoral ministry to the family. After reading this book, I can see why Bishop Laffitte has a significant role in the Council.

Bishop Laffitte’s wisdom about marriage and family comes from through in the interviews. In the book, he reflects on preparing engaged couples, shares insights from counseling married couples and provides observations about his parent’s marriage. In the Bishop’s responses, you understand more about the sacredness of marriage and the role of families that contributes to the common good of society.

In the book, I would find treasures of thoughts from the Papacy and philosophers. This quote from French philosopher Jacques Maritain makes us realize the depth of loving someone; “may we therefore have firm and vigorous thought, with the most loving tender heart possible (page 133).” It reminds me of I Corinthians 13, you can do great things but if you don’t have the spirit of love motivating you, nothing else really matters.

It is a tough read because of the theological references, but Bishop Laffitte reminded me throughout his book how special marriage and families are. These are relationships bonded in love, grace, and forgiveness. Because “when someone loves, he respects (page 46).”

I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review.

Read Well My Friends!


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