Here’s an excerpt of another article on Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s book Mystery and Sacrament of Love: A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New Evangelization, now published at B.C. Catholic:
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of Ottawa, who endorsed the book, said he hopes this book will be influential on those participating in this October’s synod on the family.
“The Synod on the Family last year and the upcoming one this October are dealing with the many challenges facing the basic unit of society and the couple at its core,” said Archbishop Prendergast in an email interview. “During his time as pope Saint John Paul II produced beautiful writings on the family and the value of these remains.”
“Cardinal Marc Ouellet sets himself the task of reading today’s pastoral needs in the light of truly pastoral texts which are not as well-known as they should be,” he said. “All through his book on marriage, Ouellet seeks to allow the theological insights of the Second Vatican Council to come to fruition.”
“I hope Synod delegates will bring this synthesis to bear on the issues they seek to address, issues that tend to be viewed in merely sociological categories,” he said.
“Cardinal Ouellet’s major insight is to see Trinitarian love descending and touching earth and the lives of individuals, especially those called to matrimony,” Archbishop Prendergast said. “This is a brilliant tour-de-force that can give hope to people who at times see in marriage and family life only brokenness, struggles, disappointments and setbacks.”
“The new evangelization will only take wings if people encounter the Lord Jesus through and outpouring of the Holy Spirit which draws them to the Church,” he said. “Once there, the Church’s pastoral solicitude can help heal and renew families and the marriages at their core.”
Montreal Archbishop Christian L‚pine, an expert on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, said Cardinal Ouellet’s book is full of hope because it puts “Christ at the centre; the Holy Trinity at the centre.”
“In the end it’s about Jesus Christ and the plan of God,” Archbishop L‚pine said. “This book wants to help us welcome the plan of God in our lives. In that sense it’s a very precious book, and an important topic.”
“The plan of God, is about who we are, what we are called to be, and what the family is and what the family is called to be,” he said, noting the book contributes to the necessary research, thinking and meditation on the Word of God and tradition necessary to “get nearer to the plan of God in Christ.”
Archbishop L‚pine said one of the key insights of the Second Vatican Council was “the presentation of Christ as bringing us not only the truth about God, but also about the truth of who we are as human beings.”