Blog Posts for "Marriage"

What Amoris Laetitia Can Teach Us about Dialog

The primary focus of Pope Francis’ recently published apostolic letter Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is marriage and family life along with the Church’s pastoral responses to the many challenges faced by couples and families today.  However, many elements can be more broadly applied to other areas of life in the Church.  For example, following a beautiful and very practical exegesis on St. Paul’s beautiful discourse on love in 1 Corinthians 13 (89-119), Pope Francis discusses the various dimensions of conjugal (married) love (120-141).  Within the latter are some reflections on the importance...

A Noble Purpose

Thursday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time Tobit 6:10-11, 7:1bcde, 9-17, 8:4-9a; Mark 12:28-34  Marriage and what constitutes marriage have been in the news a lot these past several years.  The Church, particularly the bishops and supportive lay organizations, has devoted tens of millions of dollars and countless hours to defending as the union of a man and a woman and the family as the bedrock of society.  Yet today more than three-quarters of the states, by court order, legislative action or popular vote, permit people of the same gender to marry; and the...

People on the Margins of Society

Thursday of the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Philippians 3:3-8a; Luke 15:1-10 One of the great debates in the Church today is about how to best reach out to people on the margins of society and the life of the Church.  The Synod on the Family that was held in Rome last month in advance of a larger one to be held in Philadelphia next October featured passionate exchanges about how to pastorally care for our brothers and sisters who have divorced and remarried; those who are in “irregular” marriages; those who are unmarried and are raising children; and...

Ss. Joachim & Anne

As with many of the early saints, including the apostles, we know little for certain about this illustrious couple, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  What little we may know about their lives is in the non-canonical/apocryphal Protoevangelium (“Proto-gospel”) of St. James, which describes them as an older, pious and devoted couple whose love and example nurtured the faith of their daughter and prepared her to say “yes” when God called her. There’s an old saying that “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”  Although there are exceptions, it is hard for children to grow...

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