“Ahhhh…marriage- man’s most optimistic endeavor!
So claims the legendary sports announcer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully.
The Synod has acknowledged anew what God’s people have known “from the beginning”: that to live a loving, lifelong, faithful, life-giving marriage takes sacrifice, hard work, and heroic virtue.
To believe this to be possible, as Vin Scully would remind us, is “most optimistic.”
Perhaps this is one of the reasons many of our young people do not get married. Recent studies in the United States tell us that only 50% of our young people now approach the sacrament of matrimony. Live together? Yes. Marry? …
A very refreshing, consistent theme of the synod has been inclusion. The Church, our spiritual family, welcomes everyone, especially those who may feel excluded. Among those, I’ve heard the synod fathers and observers comment, are the single, those with same-sex attraction, those divorced, widowed, or recently arrived in a new country, those with disabilities, the aged, the housebound, racial and ethnic minorities. We in the family of the Church love them, welcome them, and need them.
Can I suggest as well that there is now a new minority in the world and even in the Church? I am thinking of…
This posting comes to you from Rome! Here I am, for three weeks, with 270 other bishops from all over the globe — in company with priests, sisters, theologians, and married couples (the first intervention from the synod floor was from a Mexican married couple, and there is even a little baby crying in the background) — to consider, in ordered and prayerful conversation, the timely topic, The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World.
Pope Francis (still beaming from his visit to us) is here, too. Yes, he made a short yet perceptive…
This morning I sat down with Fox and Friends and talked to Peter Johnson Jr. about the importance of marriage and the three things we need for healing: God, others, and ourselves.
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Here is a great blog post I came across from The Federalist called A Bit Of Religion Can Be Bad For Marriage which shows how practicing your faith and attending Church weekly has a very good effect on your marriage:
Here’s the key nuance: while religious affiliation makes no difference when it comes to divorce, religious attendance does. …
In multivariate analyses, high-attending conservative Protestant young adults have 34 percent lower odds of divorcing than do the non-religious, and high-attending Catholic young adults have 76 percent lower odds of divorcing than do the nonreligious. (Other religiously conservative groups, such as Latter Day Saints…
Over the weekend, I had the joy of welcoming hundreds of our married couples celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversaries, and the cathedral was packed for two Masses with the couples, their children, and grandkids.
After letting them know of our love, gratitude, and congratulations, I commented how appropriate it was that our archdiocesan celebration of their golden jubilee was taking place on Trinity Sunday.
I could see they were a bit bewildered at first. What in the world does the Blessed Trinity have to do with our marriage, they rightfully wondered.
Well . . . everything! I hope they now agree.
Just a few items to share with you.
For one, late tonight I leave for Rome, summoned there, along with my brother Cardinals from around the world, by Pope Francis. Your intentions accompany me, and I already look forward to returning back here in a week.
What brings us over is the consistory for new cardinals, to occur this Saturday, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. We “upper-classmen” are always there to welcome “freshmen”!
People wonder about the significance of even having cardinals anymore, and, occasionally, I do myself.
Let me share with you one of the best analysis of Pope Francis that I have read recently. This op-ed, written by Michael Coren, was published in yesterday’s New York Daily News. Just in case you missed it, here is an excerpt:
What Francis has urged, though, is a new painting. Black and white is vital, but the true picture can only be understood through a whole variety of colors. So this is a Pope of nuance and backstory, of delicacy and empathy of delivery. Truth needs to be sung rather than shouted, and…