The narrative and the reality

The narrative and the reality

  In advance of the Synod on the family in two weeks, this book  seems to be a gift that will continue to give the unchangeable truth of what marriage is and what it isn’t to a culture that insists they can redefine marriage and worse– insist on what they think “feels” right. That’s always a good foundation for sound theological teaching. In a recent interview on The World Over, Raymond Arroyo asked George Weigal if he thought ‘a narrative was already in place’ because of the media running with Cardinal Kasper’s call for the church to “harmonize fidelity and pastoral practice with civilly remarried, divorced people.” Mr Weigal said he hoped “the narrative and the reality don’t...

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

Patroness of wishes that don’t come true

  Commemoration of St Frances of Rome   Re-blogged from BelloftheWanderer:   St Frances is, One of the greatest mystics of the fifteenth century; born in Rome, of a noble family, in 1384; died there, 9 March, 1440. Her youthful desire was to enter religion, but at her father’s wish she married, at the age of twelve, Lorenzo de’ Ponziano. Among her children we know of Battista, who carried on the family name, Evangelista, a child of great gifts (d. 1411), and Agnes (d. 1413).   —Catholic Encyclopedia   Frances expressed her commitment to Christ by caring first for her husband, children and extended family, then finally for Rome’s poor and sick. Sometimes, she said, a wife must leave God at the altar to find him in her household management....

What is a Family?

What is a Family?

  On this the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, father said in Mass this morning that from the beginning, there’s always been trouble for the family. For Jesus, the moment He was born, He was threatened with death. Joseph, the great guardian of the Holy Family, fled to Egypt after the Lord appeared to him in a dream revealing Herod’s wicked plan. The enemy hates families, especially ones intent on living out a life of obedience to God– to the best of their ability. Here’s why he hates the domestic church so much:   The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and an image of the communion of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children, it reflects the...

No Right or Need for Mothers..

No Right or Need for Mothers..

So much to pray about these days:       DOJ: Children Do Not Need—and Have No Right to–Mothers March 3, 2013   (cns news.com) by Terence P. Jeffrey    The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that children do not need mothers.     The Justice Department’s argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended California’s Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman.      The Justice Department presented its conclusions about parenthood in rebutting an argument made by proponents of Proposition...

Multitudes on Monday ~ 29 Years

Multitudes on Monday ~ 29 Years

  Now brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say,  Alleluia.   —St Augustine         Linking with the ladies at Suscipio   My multitudes of praise this Monday morning all rest on how thankful I am that 29 years ago today my husband and I stood before the Lord and vowed to live together in Holy Matrimony. We had so many strikes against us, so much baggage we dragged with us through the beautiful mahogany doors of that church; no one thought we’d last a year. { 475 + 29 = 504}   Father F said to me yesterday,   You must give praise and thanks to God that for almost 3 decades He has given you the grace to live out your promise.   And so He has– despite many ploys of the enemy,...