Archive for August 2012

Wives, Husbands, Christ and the Church…

August 25, 2012

…are the subject of the second reading at Mass this Lord’s Day.  Fr John Riccardo preached briefly on that reading at Mass this evening.  He’s an expert, having earned an STL from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.  His 133-page dissertation was on this same passage from Ephesians 5.

Fr Francis Martin also handles it quite effectively.  (If you’re not familiar with Fr Martin, don’t be misled by his seemingly unprepared, stumbling start.  The dude reads directly from the Greek, man!  And shares his world-class Scripture scholarship with us via a very a low-budget operation.)

Priests and fathers

August 19, 2012

Check out this thought-provoking article in which Dr Scott Hahn compares the responsibilities of priests to those of fathers.

Why homosexuals cannot have a marriage

August 12, 2012

I shouldn’t have bothered to read this article, because I always come away frustrated when the basic, foundational reason for why a homosexual relationship can never attain the status of a marriage is not presented.  To wit:

We are created in God’s image and likeness.  Marriage is meant to be a reflection to the world of the communio of the one true Trinitarian God.  What is it that generates that communio?  Bd Pope John Paul II taught us in his General Audience on 29-July-1998:

The Father begets the Son by loving him; the Son is begotten by the Father, letting himself be loved and receiving from him the capacity to love; the Holy Spirit is love given in total gratuitousness by the Father, received with full gratitude by the Son, and returned by him to the Father.

Married love is meant to be a reflection to the world of the mutual self-giving love between the Father and Jesus.  Married love is also meant to be a reflection to the world of the love that God has for his people.

We are called to image the Trinity.  Divine love has four primary characteristics:

  • free
  • total
  • faithful
  • fruitful

Authentic self-giving love is always:

  • freely given – completely voluntary
  • given in totality – holds nothing back
  • absolutely faithful – as God is to his covenant with us
  • open to fruitfulness – always open to new life

[If one understands it in any other way, then our own redemption by Jesus would just be some kind of fantasy, because that’s the only kind of love that could have effected God’s saving plan.]

Obviously, homosexual acts can never be fruitful; they can never generate new life.  Thus, they can never fully image the Trinity.  That alone disqualifies homosexual relationships from being considered as a ‘marriage’.

No need to go any further.

(Of course, if people don’t believe in a Trinitarian God, they won’t buy any of this.  But then they have a much bigger problem:  their culpable lack of faith!)

I agree with Sherry…

August 10, 2012

…the Diocese of Lansing gets it!  Read about it here, which is where I read about it.

How’s your prayer life?

August 2, 2012

He who prays is saved.  He who prays not is damned!
.                                                   ~St Alphonsus Liguori

Pope Benedict taught on it yesterday, in ‘class’ #37 of his School of Prayer.