Posts Tagged ‘family’

“Brothers” and the Mystery of Love

By Mitchell Kalpakgian

How lovely the elder brother’s Life all laced in the other’s, Love-laced!—what once I well Witnessed, so fortune fell. When Shrovetide, two years gone, Our boys’ plays brought on Part was picked for John, Young John; then fear, then joy Ran revel in the other boy. Now the night come; all Our company thronged the hall; Henry, by the wall, Beckoned me beside him: I came where called, and eyed him By meanwhiles; making my...

The Gift of Life in Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

“But she very soon found herself thinking once more of the world above her: she could not forget the handsome prince and her own sorrow at not having, like him, an immortal soul.”

The gift of life, the greatest of gifts, inspires eternal gratitude for the love of God the Father who created man and woman in His image, and the gift of life moves the heart to thank the generosity of a mother and...

Marriage in the Church – What is Marriage?: Part V

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

“This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:32)

We are continuing our exploration...

Impending Canonization Invites JPII Generation to Strengthen Faith

Who could forget the thrill of being one of thousands, even millions, of young Catholics awaiting the arrival of Pope John Paul II to one of the many World Youth Days he attended? It was, as the media portrayed it, like waiting for a rock star. This pope had been pontiff for most of our young lives, he had contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, and when he spoke to multitudes it felt...

New York Clerk Refuses Same-Sex “Marriage” License

I was surprised by the following article:

Jefferson Center — Joan MacIntryre and Jane Andrews have dreamed of a wedding with all the trappings. Joan has pulled out all the stops to bring it all together. Jane is taking care of the flowers. Relatives are coming in from all over. The event is planned for late October, but now it seems it is not going to happen.

At least not...

Abortion, Parenthood, and Social Policy

Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote, “A family policy must be the basis and driving force of all social policies” (see Evangelium vitae, no. 90). Why?

The family is the basic building block that is needed in order for society to function properly. When unjust laws exist that are disrespectful to the gift of human life, there will a decline of the family. But how exactly is family life affected?

In his book The...

Divorce: Challenges to Marriage

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall...

When “Rights” Are Wrong: In Opposition to Same-Sex Adoption

The cover of Time recently featured the headline “The Childfree Life.” China has for some time enforced the “one child policy.” With this policy, children have no siblings and ancestors only exist in the direct line. Millions of girls are aborted in preference to boys.

European populations are declining and dying for lack of children. Among both married couples and the unmarried, children conceived by in vitro fertilization are common. Few orphanages...