An Executive Summary of
When Two Become One:
A Pastoral Teaching on the Definition, Purpose and Sanctity of Marriage
Archbishop John J. Myers
Archbishop of Newark
Marriage is as old as humankind. From the beginning, God created the human race in His own image and likeness. Sexual difference and complementarity have been present from the beginning as part of God’s creative plan. Equal in dignity but complementary in their sexual difference, men and women who are called to marriage are intended to form one-flesh unions. Thus, marriage can be seen as the “primordial sacrament” predating the Fall and surviving original sin. It provides the ideal context for children—citizens of the state and of the Kingdom—to be formed, nurtured and educated. It is therefore the fundamental building block of every society and of the Church, a matter of vital concern to both.
via ZENIT – Executive Summary of Archbishop Myers’ Pastoral Letter on Marriage.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This morning in Rome the Holy Father named Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Orange. Bishop Vann will replace Bishop Tod Brown, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Vann is 61.
via BREAKING NEWS — new bishop for Diocese of Orange.
In the face of widespread sexual promiscuity and strong negativity toward official Catholic teaching, the church needs to connect with the deepest hopes of its members by calling them to sexual relationships that are “authentic, vulnerable, and committed.”
I have taught a course called “Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics” at St. Louis University for nearly a decade. In it we read from the book Sex and the Soul (Oxford University
via Looking at love and relationships | USCatholic.org.
Ceremony of Marriage (Giulio Rosati) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Spirituality” is a way to live out one’s religious beliefs. A spirituality of marriage, therefore, is a way to help husbands and wives live out the vocation of marriage in light of faith. Catholic marriage has a distinctive spirituality that is sacramental, communitarian and missionary.
via Catholic marriage: Revealing Christ, building community and reaching out to others | TheCatholicSpirit.com.
How is Christ alive in one another?
In our journey as a couple?
How do we make Christ alive in our world?
This retreat offers couples in their first five years of marriage the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of your vocation and how you are being invited to live out your faith. Spend the day hearing talks by other young couples, talking with your spouse and other couples, and praying and reflecting as a couple.
via Christ Alive in Our Marriage Retreat – Hinsdale, IL | Charis Ministries.
Some people want their marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal.
And the problem is the ideal, the insistence on the perfect. It doesn’t exist. There are no ideal marriages, only real marriages; marriages between two imperfect sinners with “issues.”
Marriage statistics today are very alarming. In 1974 there were just over 400,000 marriages in Catholic Parishes. In 2004 there were 197,000 marriages. Currently of women under 35, only 40%…
via On Delayed Marriage and When the Perfect is the Enemy of the Good | Archdiocese of Washington.
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via – Marriage Care.