Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2010
Fr. Anthony Brankin
Gospel: John 14:23-29. “The Holy Spirit will teach you”
MP3 Audio 10 min. Full homily text
Summary: A salute to mothers on Mothers’ Day. Why Fr. Brankin made a statue of a pregnant Virgin Mary. Love and life are inseparable. When abortion was legalized in the U.S., death became the new life. We have the culture of pornography, not life. Love is understood to be about physical pleasure, not life. If we separate love from life, we destroy them both. Old customs preserved marriage and courtship. They were all done to protect the mother of the village.
A couple is to trust God and accept whatever children He sends them. We are not to prevent children by means of pills, chemicals or devices. “Gay marriage” is a dead end, sterile, because it cannot give life.
All creation is fertile, fecund, including mothers and fathers. Our children also come from love, and now they can have life to the full, because Jesus has come to them in Holy Communion.
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