Marriage and the Family
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has stated that, “only familial unity, a gift of the God who is Love, makes the family a true abode for love, a house that welcomes life and a school of Christian values for its children." "According to the divine plan," he continued, "the family is a sacred and sanctifying place and the Church, always close to it, sustains it in its mission, above all today because there are many perils that threaten it from within and without. Divine assistance is needed that it not gives in to discouragement and so every Christian family should look with confidence to the Holy Family, the original 'domestic Church'." The Holy Father expresses the certainty that "the humble and holy Family of Nazareth, the icon and model of every human family, will not cease in sustaining you from heaven. It is indispensable, however," he concluded, " that you have constant recourse to prayer, to listen to the Word of God, and to an intense sacramental life together with the effort to always live Christ's commandment of love and forgiveness. Love does not seek its own interest, does not brood over injury, but rejoices with the truth."
As disciples, we all have been called to “love one another” as Christ loves each of us. Married couples, especially, have need from time to time to revisit the sacramental moment when they exchanged their wedding vows and established their covenant with God. Frequently, one of the readings chosen for their wedding comes from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 13:4-7) – “Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not store up grievances. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.”
I recently came across a revised edition of a great book: Good News for Married Lovers: A Scriptural Path for Marriage Renewal. I highly recommend its practical and pastoral advice to all couples seeking to renew their relationships and strengthen their family life. Here at Corpus Christi Church we will be hosting a presentation on the diocesan Marriage Encounter Program sometime in October. Stay tuned!
Peace n' good,