Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Anthony Brankin
If you read anything in the newspapers or internet the last few weeks, you cannot help but to have read about the forthcoming Synod on the Family as well as changes that the Pope has made regarding the process of Catholic annulments. Now I do not wish to talk about the Synod or annulments—but I would think that Catholics need a good spiritual foundation regarding marriage. It is foolish to think that we can help families and help married people without knowing what we are talking about. In other words—how can the bishops talk about getting out of marriage when they have failed to teach effectively what it takes to get into it. And because of this failure to teach about marriage and family, then everyone gets the impression that somehow all the elements that make for a happy and successful marriage are somehow an insuperable burden. They give the impression that the things that make a marriage work and function happily and successfully—like faithfulness and no divorce and children—are somehow what make marriage too difficult and harsh. No. That’s what makes marriage a joy and family a delight. Ok.
So if the synod is only going to talk about non-marriage and non-family relationships, I guess it is up to us at the parish level to talk about the family. Let’s get to it. First off—family starts with marriage. Now the Church defines marriage as the agreement between a man and a woman which establishes a partnership ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children—and that makes for a family. Two people having relations makes children—not a family. But when they bring the male-female relationship all under the commitment and love and responsibility of marriage—that makes it a family. So it is marriage that makes a family. This is marriage in general and it is for everyone. When two baptized people make this covenant, it is raised to the dignity of a sacrament. Continue reading Catholics need a good spiritual foundation regarding marriage