Sunday, November 13, 2011

33rd Sunday, Year A November 13, 2011

This morning we’re going to talk about marriage. Marriage is especially of interest for those that aren’t married—I get a lot of questions about marriage from students. Taking our cue from the readings today, we’ll talk about marriage in three ways: first by it’s foundation, secondly by what marriage is, and finally a few tips on dating.

What is the foundation of marriage? Marriage is a naturally occurring relationship that is raised up by Christ to be a Sacrament. The Eucharist, Baptism, Confirmation and all the other Sacraments do not exist in nature, marriage does. Before Jesus Christ there was marriage, before Jesus there was no Eucharist. We see how marriage is the one gift left to Adam and Eve after Original Sin. Before sin, they enjoyed free eating of the fruit of the land, they enjoyed harmony with God, life without death, and their marriage to each other. After Original Sin, they had to eat by the sweat of their brow, they lost harmony with God, and they were to die. But marriage remained.

Everywhere there was some notion of marriage even if it was not everywhere lived well with full respect for those involved. So marriage is something inherent in human hearts that is elevated by God and strengthened by His grace. This has implications. Mainly, marriage is something that we can purify but not modify. We are called to purify our understanding and living out of marriage. Polygamy is bad, serial divorce is bad, women have rights to choose a spouse, men should live in chastity. As one author says: “Christianity taught that men ought to be as chaste as pagans thought honest women ought to be.”

If we can purify but not modify marriage, what is this purified understanding. Catholic marriage is free, total, faithful, and fruitful. Before the vows at a wedding, A “free” marriage is not a “free wedding” but one that is entered into without reservation. If you’re someone who thinks that you can’t be happy without a spouse, then are you free to choose marriage? If you’re entering into marriage because “I guess that’s what people do,” then are you freely choosing? The free choice implies that you understand what you are choosing: to bind yourself to someone for the rest of your life with no guarantee that they will return their promise to you.

Catholic marriage is “total” in that it encompass the whole of your relationship. You cannot enter into marriage with something set aside. That is why a “pre-nuptial” agreement is a serious sin on marriage, because it sets a boundary on something that should not be bounded. Catholic marriage is “faithful” because it is exclusive and permanent. Finally, Catholic marriage is “fruitful,” it is open to life and children because they are a natural crown on marital love. A couple that cannot have children or is delaying children is still open to this fruitfulness by their generosity to the Church and the poor.

A final word on the origins of marriage. As Catholics, we believe that marriage is something natural that is purified and elevated by Grace. Meaning that non-Catholics and non-Christians can know and benefit from these four truths of marriage. So when Catholics enter into the public debate about marriage in society we do not see our arguments as religious but natural.

Finally, we’ll end with a word for those who are dating. Date with the end in mind. The purpose of dating is marriage, if you’re dating someone you wouldn’t marry, why are you dating them? What are some BAD reasons to date? Loneliness, insecurity, or pleasure. If you’re find yourself lonely or insecure without a significant other, then you need a friend, not a boy/girl friend. I’m sure any of our married couples have been lonely. Start by looking at someone you are friends with when you’re looking for a spouse. Have you ever been in a relationship where you’ve shared lips before you’ve shared dreams? That is not a healthy relationship and is not headed in the right direction.

Have you looked for someone you can pray with? What makes you think that if you can’t pray before you married that you’ll be able to pray AFTER you’re married? Is it someone you can go to Mass with? Someone who will help lead your children in prayer? Is it someone who will pray for your soul as you breath your last breath? At the end of the day, marriage is about the gift of eternal life. Will this person assist my soul through the gifts of prayer, unity, and children?

Marriage is one of the greatest gifts God gave to the human race. One that was not lost by sin but was retained as a comfort during our exile from Eden. We must protect and cherish it as a great gift so that our Lord will see a profit of souls when he returns.

Posted at Newman Center Site, too!

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Angelo Vecchione said...

Stefania Caterina was born in Genoa 19 January 1959 by a Catholic family practitioner.
In 1994 he decided to leave everything to dedicate himself totally to God and His work, by providing the gifts received from Him

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A dutiful introduction
Dearest Readers,
The messages Jesus is dictating to me these days and that will be published in the next months, definitely trace the path towards the events awaiting us. Therefore, I felt I had the duty to write this introduction, to help you enter more deeply in the subject you will be reading.
Up to today I shared with you the revelations I received from God. In my first book, Beyond the Great Barrier that ends with the 15th chapter entitled “The new Creation”, I amply presented to you the central message of the revelations received, that is: recapitulate in Christ all things in heaven and on earth. I tried to lead you to the events that have to do with the Earth and the universe. These days, Jesus told me that in the next months He wants to prepare us to face those events awaiting us in the immediate future.
How to face such events? I believe that in these years, through the many explanations I received and I communicated to you, we obtained the grace of understanding the interior walk which prepares us to enter the mind of Christ and to understand the mystery of God and of life, to elevate and transform us to the point of becoming new creatures. I spoke to you about this spiritual walk in particular in the book Writing History Anew – Vol. 1 In the mind of God. Furthermore, you have been accompanied by the messages published every month on this site; these messages continue and they introduce us, more and more, to a serious phase of preparation and decision making.
I cannot comment on these messages. Jesus Himself and His Holy Spirit will explain them to you in your heart. An answer is expected from you to understand the words that you will read. Finally, it is up to each one of us to commit ourselves, for the Earth and for the whole universe, so that the promises of God may be realized.
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“My Father is at work until now, so I am at work”
(John 5:17)
“I bless you my children! Today I wish to speak to you about God’s work in these times and about the general picture in which your life and your mission is inserted.
“Try to understand, above all, that you did not happen to be in the reality in which you are by accident, but you are here because of a precise divine project. Whatever you might think about yourselves or others might think about you, know that your life is precious and irreplaceable in the time and place in which you find yourselves to be, according to God’s projects. You have been preordained for this reality, and for this reason God gave you irreplaceable and original potentialities. No one in the universe is equal to you, because God’s creativity is unlimited and inexhaustable, and because each one of you is absolutely unique in his being and in his way of acting.
“Unfortunatly, many on Earth live below their potentiality, because they do not make of themselves a gift to Me. I am the only One to know pefectly the Father’s project for each one of you, because from Him I received the order to bring to completion His work in every person. I am acting in you by the power of the Holy Spirit, who enlightens you, cloaks you, constantly inspires you pointing out the avenue towards Me, so that I might reveal to you the Will of the Father for each one of you.
Without me you shall never truly be able to know yourselves, nor to be able to understand what is asked of you to do in this life.
“The Holy Spirit and I are constantely at work in order to realize the Father’s project in each one of you, but we can do this only with the help of your freedom, that is, only when you willingly and freely choose to love and serve God and you offer to Him your life. This is the indispensable condition so that your potentialities activate and are at work. In fact, by the moment you decide to live for God and to be totally abandoned to His will, within you the action of the Holy Trinity starts working, and little by little, transforms your life and your thoughts. Thus, you are beginning to become conscious of who you are in God and to make a mark on reality, a creative mark, because it is divine creativity working in you. I wish you to be conscious about what I am saying to you, because the knowledge that God is active in you, independently from your human limitations and frailties, is determinant for your mission in the time in which you live.
“Yours is a grand time and a difficult time for the entire universe. Grandiose for the power of the events that the hand of God is preparing, and difficult because it is a time of battle with the powers of evil, an always more open battle.
All this does not refer to the planet earth alone, but to the entire creation and all the people who inhabit many other planets. I have already told you that they are children of God as you are, and that I gave My life for them as well. They are your brothers in whom the project of My Father has to be perfectly accomplished, just as it is in yours.
“What is the project of the Father? To bring back the entire creation to the state of integrity and perfection it had before original sin; to bring back every person to the dignity and glory of a child of God. All men and every creature that exists in the universe must be made free from corruption and death which infiltrated themselves in the work of God because of the sin of your forefathers. Humanity must return to a correct relationship with God, by recognizing His authority and by submitting to His guide. How is the Father going to realize this project? By recapitulating all creation in Me, since He gave Me all power in the whole universe.
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Angelo Vecchione said...

“I am stopping here for now; later I will talk to you about other matters so you can be prepared for what is about to happen. The Father never asks man to adhere to what he cannot understand; first He gives him light, then He asks him to decide, because God is fair with you. The Father sent Me among you to enlighten your road toward God and place you in the condition to be able to walk. Now it is up to you to decide.
to donate your life to Me, so that I can protect you and prepare you for the events that are awating you. It is not about catastrophes, like the most apprehensive ones fear, but it is a matter of tests necessary for the purification of humanity, in view of t“I am asking you to pray a lot and to seriously decide for God. I am asking you again he beautiful and incorrupt new creation awaiting you. The Father prepared it for those who love Him, and I am calling you to be part of it. The Father is at work unceasingly and I am at work as well; therefore, your eyes will see great things. If you have faith you will be able to read them in the right light. They will appear to you for what they truly are: the marvels of God’s love for His people.
“I am blessing you in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”.
In the book “Beyond the great barrier” at Chp. 6, I spoke about the humanities of other planets, and of the choices made by each humanity. As a matter of fact, not all men have committed the original sin. There exist some humanities that kept themselves faithful to God, thus preserving spiritual and physical prerogatives much superior to ours.
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God Bless you
Angelo
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