27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 7, 2012
(Full text of sermon) Throughout history, whatever the culture, religion, or race, a marriage has been universally recognized as a joyous celebration. Certainly different cultures celebrate in different ways, yet there is a common joy that is seen in all. Marriages are times for families to reunite while enjoying copious amounts of food, dancing, joyous laughter, smiling, and, yes, even some tears of joy.
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OK, a vocation is a serious matter, but sometimes there are things to laugh about. Watch our video, “Hearing God’s Call – Two Mercedarian Friars” on the of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. You’ll see Br. Matthew and Fr. Scott share some chuckles as they talk about their vocations.
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In the Catholic Church, marriage is held up as a religious as well as a familial event. We recognize marriage as one of the seven Sacraments. A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Jesus Christ in order to give grace. At the Wedding Feast of Cana Jesus blesses all marriages, performs His first miracle, and thereby institutes the Sacrament of Matrimony. In a Catholic marriage, the man and woman make the sacrament by their vows publicly professed to each other. The priest represents Christ and His Church by accepting these vows and blessing the marriage. Continue Reading…