Posts Tagged ‘Love’

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...

Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes Suffering

One has to accept sorrow for it to be of any healing power, and that is the most difficult thing in the world … A priest once said to me, ‘When you understand what accepted sorrow means, you will understand everything. It is the secret of life’ (Maurice Baring).[1]

I am truly honored to be one of the speakers at the forthcoming conference in Omaha, Nebraska, on the theme of “Life, Dignity,...

On Marriage and Martyrdom

In a very funny piece written a number of years ago, the late Erma Bombeck (she died in 1996), announced that with the possible exception of “We have lift off,” or “This country is at war,” there will never be another sentence in the language as sobering as, “I now pronounce you man and wife!”

For far too many of us, however, we are not nearly sobered enough. Certainly not the newly married, who, moving...

The Father Who is There

Recently, at the park with my wife and son, I witnessed one of the saddest sights I’ve seen in a long time. A little boy, about five or six, was there with his dad. Normally, this would be a wonderful thing, but the tragedy was, they weren’t spending time with each other. The dad was engrossed in his phone — ignoring his child.

No matter what he tried, this little boy could not get his...

What’s at stake in the Marriage Debate?

In March, the Supreme Court took up two fundamental cases. The first case addressed the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed with bi-partisan support in 1996. The second case involved Proposition 8 in California, whereby nearly 7 million Californians affirmed marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

To the uneducated reader, it would seem as though changing the marriage laws would have no real consequence. Isn’t marriage, as current President Barrack...

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel

Father Paul Marx O.S.B., the founder of Human Life International, wrote his dissertation on the life and work of Virgil Michel O.S.B. (1888-1938), who was one of the leaders of the liturgical movement in the United States. Michel is famous in some circles for a syllogism that summarizes the focus of the papacies of the early 20th century:

Pius X tells us that the liturgy is the indispensable source...

Ever Ancient, Ever New: Hired Man

“Home is the place where when you have to go there, They have to take you in.”

“I should have called it Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.” – Robert Frost, “The Death of the Hired Man”

Warren, the father figure in the poem, makes the first statement, and Mary, his wife, responds with the second sentence. Silas, an irresponsible hired hand on the farm who leaves Warren in the busiest time of the year,...

Candles of Light and Life: Father Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor

Can the culture of life take root and flourish in the very midst of the culture of death? This crucial question is answered in the affirmative by the Missionaries of the Poor, one of the fastest growing religious orders in the Church today.  

Father Richard Ho Lung founded the Brothers of the Poor, as they were then called, in 1981, with a handful of disciples, half of whom would leave soon afterwards to pursue...