Pope’s quotes: Complementarity

A quote from Pope Francis:

“Complementarity is a valuable word, with multiple meanings. It may refer to different situations in which one element completes another or compensates for a lack. However, complementarity is much more than this.”

“This complementarity is the foundation of marriage and the family, which is the first school where we learn to appreciate our gifts and those of others, and where we begin to learn the art of living together. For most of us, the family constitutes the principal environment in which we begin to ‘breath’ values and ideals, as well as to realize our potential for virtue and charity. At the same time, as we know, families may be the locus of tensions between selfishness and altruism, reason and passion, between immediate desires and long-term alms.”

— Audience with participants in the international interreligious colloquium on marriage and the family, Nov. 17, 2014

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