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Tag: Holy matrimony

How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

September 25, 2017 4 Comments
How Does Idealism Negatively Affect Marriage?

Those who seek to strengthen Holy Matrimony and stem the tide of failed marriages propose many remedies, among them better catechesis, improved marriage preparation, and greater emphasis on the sacrament in sermons. All of these are fine ideas and necessary steps, but let’s also ponder a deep but often unexplored root of the trouble with […]

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Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

October 3, 2015 0 Comments
Marriage Is a Miracle!  A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new […]

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Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

December 27, 2014 20 Comments
Focused on a Functional Family: A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Here in the middle of the Christmas Octave, the Church bids us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. On the old calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday after Epiphany, which makes a little more sense since the gospels appointed for the feast often take us far forward in time […]

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Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family

December 21, 2014 51 Comments
Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family

Many breathed a sigh of relief when the summary document of the extraordinary Synod on the Family was much improved and the seriously flawed sections (which no one seems to know who wrote!) were removed.  But in this case we cannot allow the better to become the enemy of the best. And frankly the relatio, though […]

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Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

December 18, 2014 48 Comments
Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

Every now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its […]

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Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise

December 7, 2014 49 Comments
Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise

All the way back in 1973, George Gilder published a book entitled Men and Marriage. He expanded and republished it in 1986. In his book, Gilder argued that our culture was marginalizing men, to its great peril. He articulated the critical role that marriage has in helping men focus their sexual energies in a creative and beneficial […]

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Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony

October 14, 2014 33 Comments
Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony

There’s an old story told about the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. At one point he was so concerned that the players on his team had lost any sense of the basics of the game that he summoned them all into a classroom and had them all sit down at desks. Most of them expected a detailed review of the […]

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Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day – Here’s Why and Where

October 7, 2014 49 Comments
Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day – Here’s Why and Where

Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to take up numerous state appeals regarding same-sex unions pretty much signals that the secular redefinition is here to stay. This is really no surprise given the rather deep confusion about sexuality and marriage in our culture. The polygamists and any number of other groups demanding recognition for […]

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