Marriage begins in the Garden of Eden. Chastity preserves marriage from the corruption of sin. This is the first wine. The Sacrament of Matrimony is the new wine: an image of the love of God himself that desires a One Flesh union with us. [AUDIO]
To be like Jesus, we have to be willing to join him in giving and serving without looking for a reward. When we do, we are pleasantly surprised at what we receive. Because giving and serving generously makes us like God Himself. (18 Oct 2015)
Human beings were designed by God to mate for life. Marriage creates a safe place for children, which is why children hate divorce. Jesus calls us back to our childhood innocence. Come to him, let him heal you, and do not forbid others. (4 Oct 2015)
Marriage is that is a gift that is Total, Faithful, Fruitful, and Free. Jesus gives everything even to His flesh and the last drop of His blood. How do we respond to Jesus’ gift of himself? Don’t leave Jesus standing at the altar! (23 Aug 2015)
The recent Synod on the Family has stirred speculations that the Catholic Church might relax her rules on divorce. Most Catholics are aware of three basic rules: Catholics aren’t allowed to get divorced. Catholics who want to remarry can go through the Annulment process which nullifies the first marriage and allows them to remarry just like anyone else. Catholics who get …
In Part 1 I explained that the Catholic Church’s difficult position on divorce comes from Jesus himself, who told us that divorcing your wife and marrying a new one was equivalent to adultery. What about Annulments? Let’s imagine that a man claimed he had never been validly Ordained a priest or validly Confirmed. He would have to make the case …
Today it was announced that the Holy Father had appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago, one of America’s largest Dioceses. Bishop Cupich was originally a priest of Omaha, Nebraska, and served most recently in Spokane, Washington. As I was researching the new Archbishop I found a wonderful explanation of Christian marriage that he wrote to the good people of …
Same-sex marriage is part of a large cultural shift taking place in Western society. The Catholic Church, however, is not going along with this shift. The Church firmly believes that the basic structure of marriage which she has always promoted is still valid, and it reflects God’s original plan of creation.
Jesus took three of His apostles up to the top of a mountain in order to show them a secret. It was so secret that they were not allowed to say anything about it until after Jesus had risen from the dead. This is the secret: Jesus is the Son of God.
You would think that Valentine’s day is not the best day in the world to be celibate, but I got one of the world’s best Valentine’s day cards. A person who does not have a significant other is not living without love, because God’s love is always there for us. In Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus tells us about God’s love, and teaches us to love the way God loves and not the way that comes naturally to us. We can’t just love when it’s easy, we also need to love when it’s hard. +