Nowadays the family institution presents itself as a kaleidoscopic mosaic, so many are the forms that the family can take and the transformations that the same family may be subjected to over time. If some see, in this somewhat fluid nature, their twilight, others, on the contrary, see it as a reflection of the changes that occur in society and to which the family adapts itself, either taking on new forms or redefining the relationships that occur within it. For Christianity, the family, in present time, lives facing threats that have origin in different fields: the individualism that distorts family relationships, the pace of life, social and work organization, the socio-economic reality, the abandon of the family institution by those who have the responsibility for the institutions, and even the deconstruction of the family in the legal plan that is lived in some countries. Nevertheless, one should not be tempted to think that the weakening of the family benefits the society. It is this assumption that underlies the 2015 Final Report of the Synod of Bishops and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Both texts present the family, namely the Christian family, as a primary social good, because within the Christian family there is an affective dimension based on the gratuity of love, which, when elected as the principle of action of the individual, aims at a vocation to care about the other, fundamental for the construction of the common good. It is a new world the one that is possible by the replication of the lifestyle that should be lived within the Christian family. Therefore, when the light falls, the family becomes the chandelier that illuminates the path that can protect us from places of suffering and that can make possible a new world. At the level of pedagogical practice, there was a strong intention to guide students towards the importance of the family in the construction of the common good, what meant a rereading of the EMRC teaching program. It was, therefore, a look at my performance as a teacher. A look that came to join to those I have already had and that, I add, I that will have because teaching is a feast that should never end.
|Date of Award||10 Nov 2020|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Maria Isabel Pereira Varanda (Supervisor)|
- Christian family
- Primary social good
- Common good
- Mestrado em Ciências Religiosas