Playing politics with the sacraments?

Eucharist

Gene Robinson, retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, says the Catholic church is playing politics with the Eucharist.The comments stem from recent pronouncements that Catholics who oppose the church's moral teaching should refrain from taking the Eucharist. Neither should they be surprised if denied the sacrament.“For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: ‘I believe the chu … [Read more...]

The sanctifying power of marriage

Icon of the wedding feast at Cana

When I think of marriage I think of grace, particularly the phrase “grace for the moment.” Marriage requires grace every moment if it’s going to be what God desires it to be. Thankfully, God extends his grace to us through marriage.Historically speaking, the church has always recognized marriage as a sacrament. This is important to understand when speaking of the mystery of marriage, as Paul does in Ephesians. The words “mystery” and “sacrament” are synonymous. The first is Greek and the seco … [Read more...]

The lost mystery of marriage

The Mystery of Marriage

Ask a person what they think about marriage in society today, and they’ll probably say that the institution isn’t looking too pretty.Yes, the divorce rate has steadily declined over the last thirty years in the U.S., but so has the number of people getting married in the first place. More and more couples are choosing to live together unwed, while domestic partnerships and gay-marriage initiatives challenge the traditional purpose and place of marriage entirely.Various versions of this s … [Read more...]

Marriage and the sacrament of joint checking

Money

Marriage has the power to make you better or worse as a person, and nothing proves the point as quickly as money.You can become the very worst version of yourself while looking over bank statements with your spouse. (Been there.) Disagreements and rifts build over issues like overspending, hidden habits, unequal responsibilities, and overwhelming debt. No surprise that financial discord is at the root of many divorces. But what if a bank statement could make you the best version of yourself, … [Read more...]

Making our castle part of God’s kingdom

Even the laundry room is God's

G.K. Chesterton said that a person’s house is the one place in the world where they can still be unruly and do whatever they please.A homeowner “can put the carpet on the ceiling and the slates on the floor if he wants to,” said Chesterton, and barring modern contrivances like neighborhood covenants and restrictions, that’s still about right.In the streets, there are the police. At work, there is the boss. But at home, there is just you. Don’t forget the connection between the words domesti … [Read more...]


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