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, November 3, 2016

November 4 Fast

"The ways of holiness are many, according to the vocation of each individual.  . . The time has come to re-propose wholeheartedly to everyone this high standard of ordinary Christian living: the whole life of the Christian community and of Christian families must lead in this direction. " (Novo Millenio Ineunte, St. John Paul II)

What are we living for?  What is our life's ambition?  There must and need be only one answer: to be a saint.  If we yearn for heaven, then this is only pathway leading to it. This purpose must inform all that one does; it must direct his thoughts, words, and actions.  It gives us pause, and should prompt us to pray, before we impetuously proceed.  When first arising, does one dread the inevitable burdens which will be thrust upon him throughout the day? Or rather, does he see his day as one that offers numerous opportunities to practice the many virtues needed to reach his ultimate destination- heaven.  Does one grumble in those difficult moments or does he think to thank God that He affords him many occasions to chink away at the hardness of his heart.

The vocation to sanctity is shared by all the baptized and God generously calls each person to a specific vocation to attain this goal.  In marriage, a man is not only given his wife so that he may become a saint, but equally important, he is given to her so that she may become a saint.  The same truth holds for his children as well.  
The frigidity of selfishness melts away in the fiery zeal of those- united in the same pursuit, joyously compete in their sacrificial acts for the other.  In aspiring to holiness, one patterns his whole life, and puts his whole being into achieving his goal.  He, of course, will fall often in this quest, but being mindful of Mother Theresa's saying that a "saint is a sinner who keeps trying", he will not only persevere, but will also lift those around him to the same noble pursuit.