Posts Tagged ‘marriage’

Jubilee Couples Show the Joy of Love

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

For every priest, witnessing and blessing the marriage of a couple in the name of the Church is a special joy. Their standing before the altar signifies that Christ is present with them that day. Just as Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana, he continues to be with couples every […] [Read more]

Making Earthly Life More Heavenly: Marriage Jubilarians

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Today, it is once again my privilege to celebrate a special Mass for married couples marking a significant jubilee anniversary. It is a day of profound love and thanks for 25, 50, 60 or even 75 years of married life together. The lives of these couples who have lived many years together are beautiful, but […] [Read more]

Opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Though the World Meeting of Families is a triannual event, this year’s gathering in Philadelphia was particularly significant as it served as a joyful introduction to the most important themes of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which begins in Rome tomorrow and will end on October 25. We often hear Pope […] [Read more]

Saints John Fisher and Thomas More: Witnesses in Defense of Marriage and the Church

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A famous telling of the story of Saint Thomas More is entitled “A Man for All Seasons.” Certainly this patron of statesmen, together with his contemporary Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, is a man for our time as we confront challenges quite similar to those presented to these two inspirational martyrs, whose joint feast […] [Read more]

Silencing the Church’s Voice

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

As we make our way through Lent, we remember that Jesus calls us to see God in the face of others, especially the poor, to be compassionate, to respect human life and to be forgiving, chaste and loving. He said in challenging us to live a life that fully reflects God’s plan for us, “Do […] [Read more]

The Missionary Work of Married Couples

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

In Pope Francis’ recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, he reminds us that every Christian “is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization: indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love” (Evangelii Gaudium, 120).  Our […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ and the Vocation of the Human Person

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Valentine’s Day blog took up the topic of small acts of love that are integral to happy family life.  The reason they are so important is that they foster growth in love, preparing us for those greater acts of self-sacrifice that are needed when a family faces difficult circumstances such as a serious illness […] [Read more]

God’s Law / Human Law

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

As we attempt to understand what it is the Church teaches on human sexuality and therefore why she has such a commitment to the proper definition of marriage and the relationship of people with God and with one another, we must begin with a focus on the Church’s primary teaching that all people are to […] [Read more]

Caring For Those Who Disagree with Us on the Meaning of Marriage

Monday, August 26th, 2013

As we present the teaching of the Church on human sexuality and chastity with special reference to homosexuality, we do so fully aware that this teaching is often misunderstood.  Too often, what the Church proclaims is presented as if it were somehow anti-someone.  This is simply not true. From the outset, one thing must be […] [Read more]

Marriage – The Context of Sexual Activity

Monday, August 12th, 2013

As we examine what the Catholic Church really teaches about sex and why her teaching is important, we recall that this teaching comes out of twenty centuries of human experience and faith conviction rooted in both our human nature and God’s Word. The Church has the responsibility of passing on all that she has received […] [Read more]