I complained in a previous post that my life is much happier and more peaceful when I don’t read the news. It is has been nice to see good news in the world this week. Pope Francis arrived in Brazil, the world’s largest Catholic country, to begin World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of young people are gathering in Rio de Janeiro for music, conversation, catechesis, prayer, and Mass with the Pope.
I had the privilege of attending the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid with a group from the Diocese of Green Bay. It was a very uplifting experience to encounter so many young people who were filled with hope and joy, and who were enthusiastic for God and for the Gospel. The news outlets always try to find controversy and trouble at these gatherings, just as with everything the Church does, but you will never find so many young people causing so little trouble, and so much good.
The other good news this week was the birth of a little boy to Prince Charles and Catherine. I am not someone who follows the royal family, and I cannot pick most celebrities out of a police lineup, but I must admit that I am thrilled with the enthusiasm that has welcomed this little boy. Every child is a “royal baby”, a gift of Our Heavenly Father, and every child deserves this kind of welcome.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Prince Charles and Catherine, not because they are royalty, but because I have a soft spot in my heart for every young husband and wife. It is always a great blessing for a marriage when a couple has a child within two or three years of their wedding, and this is a great sign that their relationship is healthy and growing. Now it has grown into three, and I hope their family continues to grow.
God meant for getting married and starting a family to be the same thing, but so often in this fallen world that is not what we experience. We accidentally or deliberately separate them, either starting a family before getting married, or having the wedding but postponing children for some undetermined future date. This birth of this little boy is a good reminder of how it is meant to be. Getting married and starting a family are meant to be kept together, and we should honor that as much as possible.