The attack on marriage is really an attack on the human person, and his dignity, for the devil seeks to pervert our true purpose, to pervert God's holy design. For many of us, we cannot march in protests or write dozens of letters or call numerous times to urge legislators to vote for the Truth. But one thing we can all do is pray and fast. We have designated one day each week to fast for these intentions:

1. That marriage may be preserved, promoted, and understood as God's plan for creation.

2. For all marriages that they may reflect the love of the Trinity.

3. For broken marriages that Christ bring healing and conversion to the spouses' souls.

4. For those who are married, for the sanctification of their marriage and their spouse. For those who are single, for their future spouse and vocation.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2nd Fast

"Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them.  Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind.  In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ."  (Ephesians 4:29-32)

It is a beautiful truth that men and women are equal in dignity for they are both made in the image and likeness of God.  This entails a relationship built on the mutual admiration for the gifts and responsibilities that God has bestowed on each. Men and women must not only recognize their differences, but more importantly, when husband and wife, they must discover the differences that are unique to their spouse.  One should rejoice and commend the other's strengths, and encourage and be patient with the other's weaknesses.  Show gratitude for the good and quickly forgive and forget the bad.

In marriage, and every friendship, respect for the other must be taken seriously less it become a romantic notion, a lofty ideal that is talked about but never practiced.  Spouses are called to get one another to heaven; in this, one must gently lead, not continually browbeat.   One must be careful not to cut away at the confidence of his spouse only to add to his own pride and self-satisfaction at being the presumed moral superior in any situation. Condescension and criticism must never replace compassion and encouragement.  A noble soul lifts others up by his joy and patience.  When he forgives, it is complete; he is never patronizing toward the other, and never makes another feel inferior.

Let us follow the exhortation of St. Paul, and encourage one another in holiness, with hearts full of  mercy and humility.