Marriage

Parental Vigilance

08-12-2018

Secularism is the exclusion of God. Our Catholic faith built on love of and obedience to Christ and His Church. Secularism excludes the one true God, embracing New Age crystals, Eastern religions, superstitions of the occult and demonic including witchcraft and vampires. Jesus said, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life” (Jn. 14, 6). There is no other way to God, no other truth about God. Jesus taught us how to live by His own life and sacrificial death.

Parents need to be vigilant and educate their children about the things that do not belong in a Catholic home. God warned Israel, “Don’t let your people practice divination or look for omens or use spells or charms, and don’t let them consult the spirits of the dead. The Lord God hates people who do these disgusting things” (Dt 18:9-12). Clean house if these things have entered your home: pagan statuary as decoration or art, ouiji boards and tarot cards as children’s games, palm readers and fortunetellers as curiosity or hobby, spells and incantations as fascinating ways to receive information. The media and schools introduce books to children with fun, adventurous
“good” witches including incantations and spells while teenagers are in love with handsome, romantic vampires.

“Then Saul also known as Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit; he looked straight at the magician and said, you son of the Devil! You are the enemy of everything that is good. You are full of all kinds of evil tricks, and you always keep trying to turn the Lord’s truths into lies!” (Acts 13:9).

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Bound By Obedient Love

08-05-2018

The Blessed Trinity is a mystery, one God in three Persons. The Father, Jesus, His only begotten Son and the Holy Spirit are one. They are a community of persons bound together by faithful, fruitful love. Theirs is a Divine intimacy.

In the Holy Sacrament of marriage, we too are called into a divine intimacy with Christ and our spouse, dedicated to faithful, fruitful, permanent love. This takes a lifetime to master. The holy waters of baptism washed away the original sin of disobedience we inherited from our first parents, but left us with a personal inclination to selfishness and sinful pride. Our cooperation with the graces available from the Sacraments including marriage helps us to grow in selfless love for our beloved. We are separate persons that are one in our submission to all that Christ and His Church teaches, in our mission to be heaven bound and in our fruitful love. Spouses bound together by Jesus’ love for the Father are united in prayer and in obedient love. Jesus is God, yet He always did as His Father instructed Him. The night before His ultimate gift of loving sacrifice, He again turned to His Father in prayer and said,“Not my will Father but yours” (Lk.22:42).

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Judas or Saint Dismas

07-22-2018

Adam and Judas were too proud to ask for forgiveness; neither have an honorable place in scriptural history. In contrast, the penitent woman, filled with humble sorrow for her sins, publically washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, acknowledging her sinfulness. At the crucifixion, the good thief, St. Dismas, admitted Jesus’ goodness and his own wrongdoing and Jesus promised he would enter paradise that very day.

We all sin, make mistakes, do wrong in varying degrees. Accepting the fact we are sinners is the first step to realizing we must learn how to say we are sorry, first to God and then to our spouse, immediately after we have offended. Saying, “I don’t apologize” is like bragging, “I am like Judas.” Jesus is a humble God. He is our model. We look to Him and try to behave as He taught us. Pride is one of the seven deadly sins while humility is one of the great virtues. Jesus taught the importance of asking and receiving forgiveness when He instituted the sacrament
of reconciliation saying to the Apostles, “Whose sins you shall forgive will be forgiven, whose sins you shall retain shall be retained” (Jn. 20:23). What an incredible gift of love to hear the Priest say, “I absolve you from your sins.”

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Divine Medicine

07-15-2018

Anger is one of the seven deadly sins. God warned Cain that his anger was like a controllingdemon: “Sin is a demon lurking at the door. It wants to rule you but you can be his master”(Gen. 4:7). Cain ignored God and killed his brother. Anger is deadly, resulting in a loss of emotional controland a sin against the gift of love. Some people justify their anger saying, “Jesus got angry at the money changers in the temple so anger is OK.” Well, Jesus is God and we are not.

Therapy can explore the reasons for anger but can’tchange anger. Deadly sins contain demons. Jesus, the Divine Physician, knows how to handle them and thedeadly sins that attack His children. Jesus gave His Church, through the Apostles, tools and medicine toprotect and inoculate His children from all deadly sins with the words, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive will be forgiven, whose sins you shall retained will be retained” (John 20:23). Only Jesus’ sacramental grace has the power to heal the soul from deadly sin with the medicine of sacramental reconciliation. Frequent anger means frequent reconciliation; keeping a log for reporting the outbursts will assist when in reconciliation. It may take time but eventually the “lurking demon” will be subdued to a memory. If tested in the future, immediately return to reconciliation as only the Divine Physician has the grace to handle deadly sin.

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