Monday, April 7, 2014

The Rich Gift of Love is Spurned

Please say a prayer for Sister Jane.
 May she not be persecuted for speaking the truth.
Several weeks ago, we had the great pleasure of attending a lecture on Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a professor of theology at Aquinas College. My husband has been studying the Theology of the Body, the series of Wednesday homilies given by Blessed Pope John Paul II. I found the book rather dense and instead studied the more accessible writings of Christopher West, and here comes Sister Jane with an online course presented by Aquinas College. It has been a great gift to us because the more we understand how and why we are made, the better we can share and discuss this knowledge with our children.

Sister Jane's lecture sparked much discussion at home about what it means to be male and female, about being created in His image, about women being the stitchers of standards, about men called to love and protect, about how Satan attacks, and much, much more.

So imagine my surprise and dismay when there was news of a group of parents and students at a Catholic school in NC being upset. Their feelings were hurt because they perceived the lecture to be anti-gay and anti-divorce. Whoa! Judge for yourself. Watch the online course with your families and teenaged children. It is broken up into 20-min segments so any family can fit this into their busy life. What you will see is a clear presentation of Catholic doctrine. Imagine learning Catholic doctrine at a Catholic school! We are always told to hate the sin, but love the sinner.

Alas, in today's climate, sin is a figment of the imagination. However, you are immediately labeled a bigot if you disapprove of same-sex marriage. The sexual revolution opened the door to premarital sex, extramarital sex, abortion, divorce, and breakdown of the family. I didn't think there was anything else left, but destroying the distinction between men and women is the last step towards destroying any sense of who we are. Human. Male and female. Created in the image of God.

Michelangelo's Creation of Adam


Mirka Breen said...

You have become an extension of a wonderful resource, Vijaya.

Johnell DeWitt said...

Thank you for your post. It's a tough world right now.

Marcia said...

I love looking at the fingertips about to touch in that painting. Never tire of it.

And "women as stitchers of standards" is a phrase worth pondering.

Vijaya said...

Mirka, I am glad for it. Our home library continues to grow despite all the internet resources.

Johnell, so true. Many are confused.

Marcia, that painting is amazing. The nun spoke about Eve looking longingly at Adam, of having the protective arm of the Father around her. And if you've studied some anatomy you'll see the brain and heart in the God section!

Perhaps I'll make a full post on the "stitchers of standards." When it was explained, I had an Aha! moment.