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1 What Marriage Is Family Sunday St. Raphael, Glasgow, MT

2 What It Is And Why It Matters In the beginning… In the beginning… –The question has already been answered –Even if we are newly confused (old story) What if the Holy Spirit had a message for you (personally) about your marriage, how to make it joyful and holy? Would you spend the time to get to know it? What if the Holy Spirit had a message for you (personally) about your marriage, how to make it joyful and holy? Would you spend the time to get to know it? He did He did

3 Foretaste of Heaven To love as God loves To love as God loves –Free, Faithful, Total and Fruitful –One gift from before the Fall we still have Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you might know what is the will of God… Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you might know what is the will of God… Rom 12:2 Eros and agape in one Eros and agape in one – –Fullest definition of love (includes sacrifice)

4 So Where is the Plan? Genesis and Ephesians Genesis and Ephesians Don’t run from Ephesians, embrace it Don’t run from Ephesians, embrace it –1 Cor 13:4 is nice, but it is not specifically about married love 5:21 5:21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ 5: : As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for Die for her Die for her

5 The Great Mystery Eph 5: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 ) This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church. Eph 5: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 ) This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and of the church. St. Paul sums up his teaching on marriage by reminding us of the message of the prophets. St. Paul sums up his teaching on marriage by reminding us of the message of the prophets.

6 Love To Love is to seek the good of the beloved To Love is to seek the good of the beloved –Sacrificial love and the Cross Inverted Rockets Inverted Rockets –Love as self-directed The person is always the higher value The person is always the higher value Everything in sexual ethics is taught because it is so good Everything in sexual ethics is taught because it is so good

7 The Bible is a Love story Genesis Genesis Song of Songs Song of Songs Prophets and the Marriage analogy Prophets and the Marriage analogy Christ as Bridegroom, Church as Bride Christ as Bridegroom, Church as Bride –Heaven as a Wedding Feast Revelation as the Wedding of the Lamb Revelation as the Wedding of the Lamb

8 Ghent Altar Piece Van Eyck

9 Choice I trust you with all that I have and am I trust you with all that I have and am Choose the good for me Choose the good for me –Even when I cannot see it for myself I entrust to you all I entrust to you all –The theological “language” spoken in the marriage act

10 Three Levels Natural Law Natural Law Civil Civil Sacramental Sacramental God established the first, the Church acknowledges the second. God sanctifies the third. God established the first, the Church acknowledges the second. God sanctifies the third.

11 Resources for Further Study Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body – John Paul II Love and Responsibility and Theology of the Body – John Paul II Joy Filled Marriage – Christopher West Joy Filled Marriage – Christopher West

12 Catechism of the Catholic Church § : Marriage in God's Plan § : Marriage in God's Plan § : The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love § : The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love § : The Sixth Commandment § : The Sixth Commandment § : The Ninth Commandment § : The Ninth Commandment

13 Some Links

14 The text(s) Love and Responsibility, 1961 in Polish Love and Responsibility, 1961 in Polish –1981 in English Theology of the Body Theology of the Body –Angelus addresses: 129 btwn Sept and Nov Thomas Cahill; Hinges of History Thomas Cahill; Hinges of History


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