Building a Culture of the Family: |
The Language of Love
Author: Msgr. Livio Melina, PhD, STD
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"From the title page onward, Msgr. Livio Melina rightly speaks of a 'culture of the family.' The family is always the fundamental unit of human society. The family is where almost all of us receive our first lessons in living with others. In the family we learn to give and take. In the family we learn to discipline our desires for the sake of peaceful coexistence. In the family we learn to love. The culture draws its life and identity from the family. When the culture is healthy, you can attribute its vitality to healthy family life. A healthy culture will, in turn, nurture continued health in the family home. Yet the opposite is also true. When a culture turns decadent, individualistic, consumerist, and cruel, you can bet that it is rotting from the inside -- inside its families. To say all that is simply to state the obvious. But Msgr. Melina goes beyond a description of the relationship between family and culture. He examines why this is so, and he proposes answers that take us into the eternal life of God." --Scott Hahn, PhD in the Foreword to the book.
About the Author:
Msgr. Livio Melina received his PhD from the University of Padova and his STD from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Lateran University in Rome where he currently serves as President and Visiting Professor. In addition to numerous articles, he has written co-authored and edited numerous books including, in English: Sharing in Christ's Virtues: For a Renewal of Moral Theology in Light of Veritatis Splendor with William E. May (Catholic University of America Press), The Way of Love: Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical Deus Caritas Est with Carl A. Anderson (Ignatius Press), and The Epiphany of Love: Toward a Theological Understanding of Christian Action (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing).