Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Catholic Defender: Husband and Wives

Marriage and the family have been under attack in the modern world.

There can be no doubt about that. One of the questions asked by our Deacons before Mass is released each Sunday are to ask married couples who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries to stand and be recognized.

We get couples to stand each week announcing they are celebrating their 10th anniversary, 20th anniversary, once in a while we have couples celebrating more than 50 years of marriage.

The community applauds for each couple but it is great to see those who have survived the years. What a great witness this is to all of us. Many have lost the sense of commitment and obligation.

St. Paul writes, "Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the Church, he himself the savior of the body. As the Church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes 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 his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh".

This is not to make wives subservient to their husbands, as husbands should not lord it over their wives.

Wives are a gift to their husbands, not coming from the feet of man, but his side. She is our helpmate!

I put my wife on a pedestal as she is God's greatest gift to me. May children be the fruit of a loving marriage.

Each child is a blessing. It is a blessing to see a young family with children coming to Mass!

May the Lord bless and strengthen the family so that his glory will be revealed through the love they have for each other.

That the Faith will be seen more as a way of life as opposed to an obligation. Few marriages will have to endure the following:

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