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The Purpose of the Church’s Teachings

[A]s we grow in love of Jesus, we discover the teachings of the Church in a new light: they are designed to protect love–the precious gift of Christ poured forth in our hearts. When we seek to love God with all of our heart, mind, strength, and soul, and to love our neighbor as our self, there are certain actions that, when committed, undermine or even destroy this love. The purpose of the Church’s teachings is to clarify for us (from 2000 years of living and reflecting on this divine love) what to do and what avoid in order to protect this Indwelling Diving Love.

—For 5 points on how to avoid what some people feel is a “restrictive and joyless life” created by Catholic teachings, read the entire article, Is the Catholic Faith Too Restrictive by Troy Hinkel

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