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1 Life and Love in Christ The Gospel Renewal: Life According to the Spirit Fr. Edward J. Richard, MS

2 The Renewal in Christ Purity of Heart and PietyPurity of Heart and Piety Equality of Husband and WifeEquality of Husband and Wife Celibacy for the Sake of the KingdomCelibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom

3 Opposition Between Flesh and Spirit The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh. Gal 5:17The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh. Gal 5:17 When Paul speaks of putting to death the deeds of the body with the help of the Spirit he is referring precisely to the appeal to the heart in the Sermon on the MountWhen Paul speaks of putting to death the deeds of the body with the help of the Spirit he is referring precisely to the appeal to the heart in the Sermon on the Mount You were called to freedom; do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Gal 5:13You were called to freedom; do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Gal 5:13

4 St. Pauls Teaching on Human Body This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from unchastity, that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like heathens who do not know God (1Th 4:3-5)This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from unchastity, that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like heathens who do not know God (1Th 4:3-5) Virtue of purity consists in mastery and overcoming of the passion of lust.Virtue of purity consists in mastery and overcoming of the passion of lust.

5 St. Paul: Human Body Purity is a capacity and taskPurity is a capacity and task –Abstention from unchastity Control of ones own body in holiness and honorControl of ones own body in holiness and honor Centered on the dignity of the human personCentered on the dignity of the human person The expression and fruit of life in the SpiritThe expression and fruit of life in the Spirit

6 Purity and Life According to the Spirit Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are not your own. You were bought with a price. 1 Cor 6:19-20Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are not your own. You were bought with a price. 1 Cor 6:19-20 Your bodies are members of Christ 1 Cor 6:15Your bodies are members of Christ 1 Cor 6:15 The mystery of the redemption of the body, carried out by Christ, is the source of a special moral duty which commits the Christian to purityThe mystery of the redemption of the body, carried out by Christ, is the source of a special moral duty which commits the Christian to purity

7 Evangelical Purity Not simply the restraint of temperanceNot simply the restraint of temperance But the Sermon on the Mount and Paul shift the focus to the more positive function of purity of heartBut the Sermon on the Mount and Paul shift the focus to the more positive function of purity of heart

8 Evangelical Purity In mature purity, the person enjoys the fruits of victory over concupiscenceIn mature purity, the person enjoys the fruits of victory over concupiscence –Piety-If purity prepares man to control his own body in holiness and honor, piety, a gift of the Holy Spirit, makes the human subject sensitive to that dignity which is characteristic of the human body by virtue of the mystery of creation and redemption

9 Restoration of Marriage The Dignity of Woman

10 The Woman Caught In Adultery Jn 8:3-11Jn 8:3-11 Jesus enters into the concrete, historical situation of women, weighed down by the inheritance of sinJesus enters into the concrete, historical situation of women, weighed down by the inheritance of sin In the end he says to her, Do not sin again.In the end he says to her, Do not sin again. But first he evokes an awareness of sin in the men who accuse herBut first he evokes an awareness of sin in the men who accuse her

11 The Truth about Humanity The Gospel of Redemption is a reversal of the inequality between man and woman that resulted from the FallThe Gospel of Redemption is a reversal of the inequality between man and woman that resulted from the Fall It is a proclamation of the original dignity of woman and man, where the tendency toward domination has replaced the sincere gift of selfIt is a proclamation of the original dignity of woman and man, where the tendency toward domination has replaced the sincere gift of self See Ephesians 5:21See Ephesians 5:21

12 The Problem of Domination Notice how the woman caught in adultery is exposed to her sin while behind her lurks a man-guilty of the sin, equally responsible for it.Notice how the woman caught in adultery is exposed to her sin while behind her lurks a man-guilty of the sin, equally responsible for it. His sin escapes noticeHis sin escapes notice How often in a similar way the woman pays for her own sin, but she alone pays and pays all alone.How often in a similar way the woman pays for her own sin, but she alone pays and pays all alone.

13 The Problem of Domination How often she is abandoned with her pregnancyHow often she is abandoned with her pregnancy How often she is required to subject herself to potential harm in order allow the man to ruleHow often she is required to subject herself to potential harm in order allow the man to rule How often she alone is left to suffer the consequences of abortionHow often she alone is left to suffer the consequences of abortion A woman conscience does not let her forget that she has taken the life of her own childA woman conscience does not let her forget that she has taken the life of her own child

14 The Problem of Domination Today How has the contraceptive mentality furthered the domination of women?How has the contraceptive mentality furthered the domination of women? Has that domination been enshrined in the law to the detriment of women?Has that domination been enshrined in the law to the detriment of women? Who suffers most as a result of the breakdown of the family?Who suffers most as a result of the breakdown of the family?

15 Eph 5: The Renovation Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives be submissive to your husbands as to the Lord.Wives be submissive to your husbands as to the Lord. Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.

16 Ephesians For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes it and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes it and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery. I speak in reference to Christ and the church.This is a great mystery. I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

17 The truth about the Church as Bride Rooted in the biblical reality of the creation of the human being as male and female.Rooted in the biblical reality of the creation of the human being as male and female. Both have been called to a spousal love.Both have been called to a spousal love. The description of the beginning (Gen 1:27, 2:24) shows that the whole ethos of mutual relations between men and women has to correspond to the personal truth of their being.The description of the beginning (Gen 1:27, 2:24) shows that the whole ethos of mutual relations between men and women has to correspond to the personal truth of their being.

18 The Gospel Innovation Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Husbands, love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.Husbands, love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. A restoration of the original equality in marriage. The author takes account of the real situation of women and challenges it. The headship of the husband is like that of Christ. An affirmation of the womans dignity.

19 To love in the Christ-like Style Husbands, love your wives, …Husbands, love your wives, … A fundamental affirmation of the woman as a person.A fundamental affirmation of the woman as a person. This is the way Christ acts as the bridegroom of the Church; He desires that she be in splendor, without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27)This is the way Christ acts as the bridegroom of the Church; He desires that she be in splendor, without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27)

20 To love in the Christ-like Style One can say that this fully captures the whole style of Christ in dealing with women.One can say that this fully captures the whole style of Christ in dealing with women. Husbands should make their own the elements of this style in regard to their wives;Husbands should make their own the elements of this style in regard to their wives; Analogously, all men should do the same in regard to women of every situation.Analogously, all men should do the same in regard to women of every situation. In this way both men and women bring about the sincere gift of self.In this way both men and women bring about the sincere gift of self.

21 The Symbolic Dimension in Ephesians The Great MysteryThe Great Mystery Gods love for his people has a spousal qualityGods love for his people has a spousal quality The Bride, the Church is a collective subjectThe Bride, the Church is a collective subject Christ has loved the Church which is also called his own body.Christ has loved the Church which is also called his own body. Christ has entered into human history and remains in it as the Bridegroom who gives himself.Christ has entered into human history and remains in it as the Bridegroom who gives himself.

22 To Give the Sincere Gift Greater love has no man than this (Jn 15:13)Greater love has no man than this (Jn 15:13) Against this broad background of the great mystery of the spousal relationship between Christ and the Church it is possible to understand the calling of the Apostles.Against this broad background of the great mystery of the spousal relationship between Christ and the Church it is possible to understand the calling of the Apostles.

23 Continence for the Sake of the Kingdom Eschatological Virginity

24 The Gift of Continence for the Kingdom Mt 19: 10 If that is the case of a man with his wife it is better not to marry.Mt 19: 10 If that is the case of a man with his wife it is better not to marry. Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been grantedNot all can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been granted Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some because they were made so by others; some because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some because they were made so by others; some because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.

25 A New Testament Innovation: Celibacy Those who have renounced marriage (made themselves eunuchs) for the sake of the sake of the kingdom. Mt. 19:11-12Those who have renounced marriage (made themselves eunuchs) for the sake of the sake of the kingdom. Mt. 19:11-12 He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.He who is able to receive this, let him receive it. –This is a counsel, not a commandment –It is a personal choice –And a grace

26 A New Testament Innovation: Celibacy Continence for the Kingdom is an exception with respect to the other state (from the beginning)Continence for the Kingdom is an exception with respect to the other state (from the beginning) There is no place in the Old Testament for this significance of the bodyThere is no place in the Old Testament for this significance of the body It refers to a state proper to men and women in their glorified bodiesIt refers to a state proper to men and women in their glorified bodies Continence for the Kingdom: a charismatic choiceContinence for the Kingdom: a charismatic choice

27 Continence for the Kingdom Mk 12:20-27 Seven brothersMk 12:20-27 Seven brothers Who will be her husband in the Resurrection?Who will be her husband in the Resurrection? Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.When they rise from the dead they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.

28 A Charismatic Sign Points out the eschatological virginity of the risen human person where the eternal spousal meaning of the glorified body will be revealedPoints out the eschatological virginity of the risen human person where the eternal spousal meaning of the glorified body will be revealed As a sign it indicates that the body tends toward glorificationAs a sign it indicates that the body tends toward glorification The Life of Christ; BVM; Mary and Joseph-a detachment from OT meaning of the bodyThe Life of Christ; BVM; Mary and Joseph-a detachment from OT meaning of the body Revelation of superabundant fruitfulness of HSRevelation of superabundant fruitfulness of HS

29 To Give the Sincere Gift This is my body, given for youThis is my body, given for you This is the cup of my blood, for youThis is the cup of my blood, for you The Apostles receive the sacramental charge: Do this in remembrance of me. Lk 22:19The Apostles receive the sacramental charge: Do this in remembrance of me. Lk 22:19 All those consecrated to Virginity point to the future of humanityAll those consecrated to Virginity point to the future of humanity

30 Christs Gift of Self: Eucharist Christ Jesus considered this sacrifice of Himself so decisive for the salvation of the human race that He offered it only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there (John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 11). Christ Jesus considered this sacrifice of Himself so decisive for the salvation of the human race that He offered it only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there (John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 11). A mystery of mercy. What more could Christ have done for us? A mystery of mercy. What more could Christ have done for us? Truly, in the Eucharist, he shows us a love which goes to the end (cf Jn 13:1), a love which knows no measure (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 11). Truly, in the Eucharist, he shows us a love which goes to the end (cf Jn 13:1), a love which knows no measure (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 11).

31 The Sincere Gift and the Church On Easter the Apostles receive the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins (for her).On Easter the Apostles receive the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins (for her). The sincere gift contained in the sacrifice of the Cross gives definitive prominence to the spousal meaning of Gods love.The sincere gift contained in the sacrifice of the Cross gives definitive prominence to the spousal meaning of Gods love. The Eucharist makes present in a sacramental manner the redemptive act of Christ who creates the Church, his body.The Eucharist makes present in a sacramental manner the redemptive act of Christ who creates the Church, his body.

32 The Sincere Gift and the Church Christ is united with his body as the bridegroom with the bride.Christ is united with his body as the bridegroom with the bride. The perennial unity of the two that exists between man and woman from the beginning is introduced into this great mystery of Christ and the Church.The perennial unity of the two that exists between man and woman from the beginning is introduced into this great mystery of Christ and the Church.

33 Celibacy is a Sign of the Kingdom A new anthropology that points to the Kingdom of HeavenA new anthropology that points to the Kingdom of Heaven The celibate state specifically points to the Resurrected life of Christs bodyThe celibate state specifically points to the Resurrected life of Christs body The feminine is a special witness to the receptivity of human beings to Gods initiativeThe feminine is a special witness to the receptivity of human beings to Gods initiative

34 For the Kingdom When he chooses continence for the kingdom of heaven, man has an awareness that in this way he can realize himself differently, and in some sense more than in marriage, by becoming as sincere gift for others (GS 24:3).When he chooses continence for the kingdom of heaven, man has an awareness that in this way he can realize himself differently, and in some sense more than in marriage, by becoming as sincere gift for others (GS 24:3).

35 Summary: The Renovation in Christ The renewal of the original equality between man and woman, a restoration of dignity and call for the rightful respect in marriage and beyondThe renewal of the original equality between man and woman, a restoration of dignity and call for the rightful respect in marriage and beyond A reversal of the three fold structure of sin, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.A reversal of the three fold structure of sin, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The grace to live out the original calling in a new Christ-like wayThe grace to live out the original calling in a new Christ-like way

36 Summary: The Renovation in Christ The institution of a Great Mystery, the sacrament of the Bride and the BridegroomThe institution of a Great Mystery, the sacrament of the Bride and the Bridegroom The sign the points to the future (and fulfillment) of this mystery tied to marriage, Virginity for the Sake of the KingdomThe sign the points to the future (and fulfillment) of this mystery tied to marriage, Virginity for the Sake of the Kingdom

37 The End


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