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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With the recent convening of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family this week, there has been no little speculation, especially by those hostile to the Church, about what this synod means for the future of families. However, we can rest in knowing that the same Holy Spirit which has guided the Church and her bishops for 2000 years will also be present at this synod. In fact, we should always keep in mind that the beautiful reality of marriage is that it so strongly evidenced and promoted throughout tradition and scripture: “Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb” (CCC 1602). It can be sure then, that the Church’s view on marriage can only be positive. It can also be sure that the Church will always hold marriage and those called to that vocation to the highest standards.
It is certainly no coincidence that Christ’s first miracle was performed at a wedding feast, which the Church sees as a “confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (CCC 1613). The Church also recognizes that particular graces are given to those in the marriage bond, of which Christ is the source: “Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so to follow Him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love” (CCC 1642). For those called to the vocation of marriage, these things, as established by God and promoted by His Church, are sure paths to holiness!
Marriage is also the proper establishment for the raising of children. Christ Himself chose to enter into the world and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Second Vatican Council calls the family the “Domestic Church” (LG 11). This is truly a beautiful description of what the family is! “It is in the bosom of the family that parents are “by word and example”…the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children….Thus the home is the first school of the Christian life…Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love…and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life” (CCC 1656-7). Each child is given the natural right “to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents,” and “the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception” (CCC 2378). A child is truly then, “the supreme gift of marriage”.
The Church will always continue to uphold the dignity of Matrimony. This means that, in spite of any negative or ambiguous news articles you might come across about the Synod, the Church CANNOT change its 2000 years of continuous teaching on this Sacrament. The Church will ALWAYS promote pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family outlooks and ideals. And that is good news we can rejoice in!
May the Holy Family watch over you and may God Bless you.
Fr. Jess Ty
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