Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Living Indissolubility in Marriage: The Act of the Heroic Christian

We hardly need a reminder that marriage is under attack, both in the world and the Church. The attack on marriage within Holy Mother Church is perhaps the most devastating, leaving members of the laity confused and troubled. In his ongoing debate over admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion, Cardinal Kasper’s proposals have done more harm than good for the Church and world. While his provocative perspectives have brought about much discussion, they do...

The Wisdom of Jane Austen on Marriage

All of Jane Austen’s novel center on the all-importance of marriage as one of the major decisions in a man or woman’s life. They portray happy, ideal marriages as the greatest source of contentment in human life, “all the best blessings of existence” as she writes in Emma. A bachelor in the novel observes his married brother’s contentment: “There was too much domestic happiness in his brother’s house; woman wore too amiable a form...

Wishing a “Happy” Life of Sin for Your Own Child

I’m still a fairly new father. My daughter is just five months old. Like any parent, I want my child to be happy, to have a joyful life, and to achieve her dreams. Not once have I looked down and seen her little smiling face, with the cute dimples on both sides, and wished for her a life of sin and separation from God.

But we’re now living in a culture where this is a...

The Blueprint for a Happy Life

This is the final article (Part VI) in a series; find Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here and Part V here.

Let us seize this moment right now and renew our commitment to live the joyful, yes joyful, message of Humanae Vitae (HV). For its message is not only a “ban” on the birth control Pill,...

The Heresy of Lifeless Love

Why would anyone seek admission to a university, pay tuition, purchase books, and then not attend class, take tests, or study? Why would anyone buy a home, furnish it, and then leave it vacant and neither rent it nor live in it? Why would anyone go to a physician, seek a medical cure, and then ignore the prescription and disregard the doctor’s orders? Many people who desire love and marriage pursue their goal in...

The Decline of Marriage and the End of the Love Story

Beautiful, romantic love stories abound in literature from folktales like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to the happy marriages in Louisa May Alcott’s books like Little Women and Jane Austen’s novels like Pride and Prejudice. These stories testify to a dream come true, the fulfillment of the deepest desires of the heart that come to fruition through surprises and coincidences that indicate the hand of Divine Providence. These love stories endear the heart and inspire...

False Expectations and the coming Synod

On September 1 of this year, the bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, Most Reverend Johan Bonny, produced a twenty-one page series of “wishes” concerning the upcoming Synod with the title, Synod on the Family Expectation of A Diocesan Bishop. Also, an Australian priest-theologian from Canberra and Gaulburn has written a smaller piece entitled, A hermeneutic on Divorce and Remarriage, which discusses the possibility of persons in an invalid marriage receiving Holy Communion without a...

About The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura)

The ancient philosophers sought to understand the order of the world by comprehending the nature of things. All things that exist have a nature and an essence, and they move and act according to their nature for a fixed purpose. This nature originates at birth and comes from God, not man or society. For example, the nature of a flower inclines it to the light, the nature of a dog directs it to chase...