Magnificat of Broward Anniversary Breakfast
From 9:45 AM to 1:30 PM
Sawgrass Grand Hotel
St. Theresa School kicks off 90th anniversary year
St. Thomas U. hosts panel discussion on pope's Cuba visit
Return to Cuba: A trail of faith
Hundreds attend Mass for feast of Our Lady of Mercy
Respect Life Ministry hosts educational, fundraising luncheon
We are called to discipleship
Blessing of the animals on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi
Bishop Roman and the power of the rosary
Pray it forward
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her." But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
The author, Shaunti Feldhahn, wrote a book in 2014 entitled, “The Good News about Marriage.” The text includes lots of interesting sociological details and demographic statistics that are quite revealing for our contemporary discussion about the state of marriage today.
The author indicates that, “people believe a lot of bad news about marriage, much of which isn’t true.” For example, she states that many people commonly believe that the divorce rate is well over 50%, meaning that more than one in two marriages typically comes to end. Yet, that belief is faulty, and it is NOT based on anything that is true. According to “the most recent authoritative data, from the Census Bureau in 2009, some 72% of people are still married to their first spouse. The good news is that the vast majority of marriages last a lifetime, and polling data shows that 80% of marriages are happy.” A Marist poll in 2011 indicates that “93% or more of respondents are glad they married their spouse, and would do it all over again.” Feldhahn says that “marriage may require hard work, but that doesn’t mean that marriage is hard. For most couples, marriage is the most delightful earthly relationship that they will ever know.” Feldhahn, therefore, speaks of the need for a paradigm shift, to reclaim the very real good news about marriage, which contemporary data impressively bears out.
Not surprisingly, our Catholic Church, with its biblical vision of the importance and beauty of marriage, has always had a “high view” of the sacred state of marriage, calling it a Sacrament of the Church, a holy vocation, which expresses itself as a love-giving and life-giving partnership between spouses, orienting them to their futures, and uniting them with Christ. Catholic theology, even as it is supported by contemporary statistical data, gives great reason to rejoice in the GOOD NEWS about biblical marriage.
We live at a time in which we need to seriously consider how we think and talk about marriage and divorce, “not just discussing problems, but emphasizing the very real hope.” Our contemporary generation desperately needs to hear more about this hope, lest they become demoralized by new cultural mores, and buy into the negativity of misperceptions. When listening to the pollsters and pundits, and the commentaries frequently bantered about in our modern culture, we would have to conclude that marriage is on the decline, and that divorce is on the rise. But this is simply not true.
This weekend’s hard-hitting Gospel presents Jesus’ strong and unflinching teaching on the dignity and indissolubility of a valid marriage. Christ’s teaching always calls our attention to the centrality of love, the importance of taking seriously what we do, and the need for socio-religious responsibility.
For a parish, like ours, that celebrates between 75 and 100 weddings per year, this is the foundation of a healthy perspective. Sociological data bears out what the Church has long taught, that there is every reason for confidence in the success and blessing of marriage by which the spouses love and honor each other all the days of their lives. Young couples preparing for marriage at our parish seem to know that life is too difficult to live without having God in the middle of it. How much more so for marriage? They want to be married in the Church with God as their ultimate witness, to affirm, bless, and strengthen their union in love. God’s ultimate design is that a married man is supposed to enjoy marriage with his wife, and walk through this life with her.
During this upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us allow the Church to help us re-discover “the good news about marriage” and the blessing of being grounded in God.
Father Michael Davis
9. At the same time, Bartholomew has drawn attention to the ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems, which require that we look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms. He asks us to replace consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing, an asceticism which “entails learning to give, and not simply to give up. It is a way of loving, of moving gradually away from what I want to what God’s world needs. It is liberation from fear, greed and compulsion.”(Lecture at the Monastery of Utstein, Norway, 23 June 2003) As Christians, we are also called “to accept the world as a sacrament of communion, as a way of sharing with God and our neighbors on a global scale. It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet”.(“Global Responsibility and Ecological Sustainability,” Closing Remarks, Halki Summit I, Istanbul, 20 June 2012)
Source: Laudato Si'
From 9:45 AM to 1:30 PM
Sawgrass Grand Hotel
From 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center
@ 8:00 AM
Gran Palms Golf & Country Club
From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Thomas University
From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Along the road
From 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. Ambrose Church
@ 7:30 PM
Little Flower-Marian Grotto on Rectory House Lawn