Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On Fathers and Martyrs

Go to Joseph I never asked any grace from St. Josheph that I did not obtain - Carmelite cardAh, summer days. Call me lazy. But even my poor little blog is suffering. I wish our fathers were honored more, but June comes and they barely get an acknowledgement. They toil in obscurity like good St. Joseph. My husband got up early and prepared a lovely breakfast with all the summer berries for all of us. It was too hot to do anything outside so we all read our books and talked on the phone with our dads, then went to Mass in the evening, where Father exhorted all the fathers to do their duties of Christian fatherhood, namely sanctification of the family. St. Joseph, pray for us.

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. These two men stood for the sanctity of marriage. King Henry VIII had them both beheaded and declared himself the head of the Church of England, separating himself from the Catholic Church. And what is the state of marriage now? In shambles. Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Atheist. It doesn't even matter. Families are being destroyed because men and women no longer know how to live that covenant relationship. We are a throwaway culture. We not only throw away our spouses, but our children. And now we want to redefine marriage. Go ahead. Two women, three men, why not add cats and dogs? Aliens? Ireland has just legalized gay marriage. That doesn't make it right. Is anybody even thinking about the children? From the very beginning, marriage was between one man and one woman until death, for the raising of children, and no matter what people say that it can be something else, it is not. 

John the Baptist, whose nativity we celebrate tomorrow, was beheaded for upholding marriage as well. Why is the Church so concerned with sex and marriage? Because "the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be over marriage and family life," says Sister Lucia of Fatima. Read this very interesting excerpt. It's no wonder that now people are even confused about their very identity, whether they are male or female. Look at poor Bruce Jenner. His DNA does not lie. He might feel feminine. Having artificial breasts does not a woman make. Bruce Jenner has a male body and soul. And if anthropologists were to analyze his body 5,000 years from now, they would deduce he was a male and mutilated. Anyway, I think Jenner needs prayers and therapy, not surgery. I came across a very interesting and sensible article by Dr. McHugh that goes into why sex-change operation is impossible.

Enjoy Faith of our Fathers: The link has all the lyrics.


Mirka Breen said...

I won't pretend to understand all these issues, and I have been fortunate not to have these challenges. But I want to share a simple answer someone gave the other day to the question, "what is your secret to having been successfully and happily married for 49 years?"
"I made a commitment," he said. "and I keep my commitments."

Johnell DeWitt said...

So a friend of a friend used to read all the 'happily ever after" with an addition. She would add "and they lived happily ever after with lots of hard work and trust." :)

Vijaya said...

Mirka, I love the simple answer. I remember when I got married that the best advice I got was from a friend who said to be kind when I did not feel like it.

Johnell, so true. Love is an act of the will. Not just a feeling.

Claudine G. said...

Gosh, I love what Mirka said there ...