Category Archives: Marriage and Family
Marriage and Family
Jesus elevated marriage to a sacrament. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give sanctifying grace. Therefore, in holy matrimony, husband and wife receive the grace appropriate to that state in life. Primarily this grace will help them in sanctifying each other and the children God sends them. It will give them strength to keep the bond of matrimony in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, in riches or poverty, in good times and bad, until death parts them.
In a good marriage the spouses must be open to life, which means that they should bring forth the fruit of children, and do nothing to frustrate conception. Herein lies another great grace that ordinarily comes with matrimony, namely that God will send a couple as many children as they can properly raise, if they cooperate with Him. It takes a strong act of Faith to firmly believe this in this materialistic age, in which economics trumps trust in the Creator.
Pope John Paul II often referred to the family as a “domestic church.” This is but another way of interpreting what Saint Paul meant when he was inspired to write these tremendous words to the Ephesians: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it” (5:25).
There is only one perfect family, the Holy Family of Nazareth. Meditating on the peace, charity, and industriousness, that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph exemplified in their domestic life will help the families of poor sinners who are trying against all odds to counter the evil influences of a godless society. When the hearth has been chilled by selfishness and technological idols, this sad state will by necessity be reflected in a cold and ruthless civic disorder.
Before commenting on the substance of the Final Report, it is important to note that, soon after the release of the English translation of the Final Report which was officially written in Italian (not in Latin), suspicion arose as to the reliability and idiomatic accuracy of the translation. Indeed, as it seems, half sentences have been omitted altogether, and in different places. Therefore, all the … More →
UCANews: Married Catholic couples in Thailand recently met at a workshop reflecting on pastoral challenges confronting their vocation, which emphasized the role of the Holy Family as their guide. “The seminar engaged the couples in exploring the sanctity of marriage, the art of communication, and enhancing their relationship, keeping the Holy Family of Nazareth as the center of their love,” Fr. Ignazio Adisak Somsangsuang, parish … More →
Rorate Caeli: From our friends at Catholic News Service comes a short interview today with Wilfried Cardinal Napier. The good cardinal rightly asks the question: if Kasper et al are successful, how could the Church deny Christ to a polygamist? Interview on video. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
LifeNews: Half a million people of all ages, including many families with children, took to the streets of Paris once more on Sunday to protest the French government’s “anti-family” policies and to express their anger over legalization by stealth of surrogate motherhood. Incredibly, the “Manif pour tous” (demonstration for all) continues to attract gigantic crowds who will not be deterred either by past failure or by … More →
In the recent months, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that one should have more mercy with those Catholics who are divorced and remarried civilly. In the context of the current discussion within the Church about Divorce, and how to deal with those Catholics who are remarried outside of the Catholic Church, what strikes me is how little explicit attention is given to the Little Ones, … More →
LifeSiteNews: “The significant magnitude of the current global instability is caused by the ‘sensate culture’ and a modern day dimension in world history, the destruction of moral standards such as Goodness, Truth, and Beauty and destruction of faith in a Created natural order that distinguishes good from evil.” The speaker’s list reads as a Who’s Who of the pro-life and family movements around the world … More →
Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family and Family Talk Radio, spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. In his talk, he referred to Barak Obama as the “Abortion president.” He also challenged the President directly with the words “Come and get me … I will not yield to your wicked regulations…”. See the video below and more coverage at WorldNetDaily. Dobson says a lot of good … More →
Insightful article here on how Luther and Calvin paved the way for the State to redefine marriage: David L Gray Info: As we approach the five hundred year anniversary of the Protestant reformulation on October 31, 2017, I have been piecing together narratives to examine how that all worked for them. I am examining the fruit of the Tree of Protestation, so to speak. In … More →
Monsignor Pope: We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome. In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about thirty weddings a year; now, about five or six. … More →
Read the comments below by Vladimir Putin, who is constantly berated by Western glitterati (e.g., Madonna, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John) for his stance on unnatural relations. The man speaks like a Christian, nay, like a Catholic (he is a self-professed Russian Orthodox Christian). Imagine an American politician in high office speaking in such a way. On the other hand, some there are who think … More →
It has been over six months since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre took place. It was on December 14, 2012 that Adam Lanza, a twenty year old disgruntled and deeply troubled young man, shot and murdered 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza was responsible for what has been described as the worst killing of young children in our nation’s history. … More →
National Catholic Register; My oldest girl just entered her teens, so I still have some time. However, lately I have been giving some thought to my requirements, yes requirements, for any young man that may one day seek her hand. It is never too soon to start planning. He must be a Catholic. Period. Now I know that for many CINOs or C & E Catholics, … More →
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law by President William Clinton on September 21, 1996. DOMA was a response to the State of Hawaii’s near attempt to legalize gay marriage in 1993. In order to stop this unpopular and threatening trend, DOMA clearly defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. Moreover, the law … More →
You can learn a lot from this man. From the TFP: This two-minute unplanned recording was captured during a campaign for traditional marriage in White Plains, New York, by TFP Student Action volunteers. When the man featured in this interview came rolling down the sidewalk on his skateboard, he saw our signs promoting God’s marriage, stopped, and accepted a copy of our handout, 10 Reasons … More →