It is, of course, the regular practice of priests to give frequent counselling on the duties of the priesthood to the family, especially to young people. But the faithful, particularly those who must live in a material and social environment radically different from that of early Christian times, need constant help in understanding the faith, and especially to grow in their relationship with Christ through it, and in living its precepts in concrete ways. Therefore priests must prepare themselves for their work in parish life with real pastoral experience during their formation, instead of relying solely on books and academic institutions. Furthermore, they need to make the Superiors of their dioceses close their spiritual ears to the complaints of those who are baptized into the real concerns of their time.
If through the sacrament of matrimony and in its support and in its fruitfulness, God wishes to conform the human family to the ideal of his infinite love and grace, human love in marriage also responds to this, and it is a matter of grace to receive God's grace already in the token of your love towards one another. In Christ, God shows himself to us in life, so that in the love of the reciprocal gift of self which is marriage, and in the commitment to children, God can even more truly present himself and manifest his promises of the future. However, marriage and the procreation it entails are contingent gifts of the loving God, who loves his children and provides for them himself. He offers many advantages to married people and to Christian married couples: he strengthens their love, enriches their life in the face of adversity, safeguards their union in the world, opens for them paths to holiness, and guides their children towards the eternal destiny he himself has for them. 7211a4ac4a