Tuesday, February 22, 2011

God's Girl: When I fall in Love...

When I fall in Love…

I promise to Love you ... forever.

Weddings… captivate: bringing a strange sense of awe & expectancy, the Height of Romance: True Love… & promise something Beautiful.

Our Wedding was wonderful! We dragged the party miles into the Kwa-Zulu Natal bush to a Shrine, were we could have a Pilgrimage start to our new lives together in Christ. We came from all directions to stay over at a Benedictine Monastery & then ventured off to find the Chapel that Our Lady had asked to have built “where the 7 springs meet.” But hopefully it wasn’t just memorable because of the picnic or pilgrimage. Interrogated by the custodian of the Shrine as to why we wanted to marry there, many couples had asked & been refused. So why were we honored with this off-the-beaten-track bush-wacky wedding? We put God in the center of it all, wanting those who came, to have an encounter with Love: God in Person!

Promises of Love: Wedding Vows: are nothing less than Magnificently Heroic. We promise to be unswerving in Love, come what may… in good times & bad, in sickness & in health, for richer for poorer, we promise to be True all the days of our life, Faithful in steadfast Love. I will Love you & HONOR you all the days of my life … until: DEATH.

My heart seems to freeze at the enormity of the pledge. Does our Word become Flesh? How many broken promises of Love have shattered our view of Marriage & Romance? Faithfulness is rare. Every one promises it, yet so few Embody it. No-one wants to find themselves on the raw side of this deal, with visions of their future scrambled. There is nowadays, a certain cynical approach to ‘happily ever after’, as few seem to make it. What has happened? Were did we go wrong ? Weddings are not as joyful as they should be, not as electric. Brides seem to wear ”been there & done that” the perfume of Experience, where virginal purity once added a mystical dimension to the day. Grooms so often look bored & as though they were “just going through the motions”, pitching-up like a good boy rather than forging into a new and courageous realm of Manhood: Husbandry. I challenge you to look at wedding photo’s & it’ll jump right out at you! There are 2 types: the one, looks like a dress-up party, or actors in a photo shoot, polished & perfect, sophisticated & … strangely disappointing. The other type, seem less ‘picture-perfect’ but containing the element of Truth, no actors to be found, but REAL people, entering a whole new way of living, the much anticipated adventure called Covenant Love where the ”Two becoming One Flesh”. This latter infuse the air with wonder, something distinctly mystical, something Divine.

I’m reminded of the words: the body, in fact, & it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual & divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, & thus to be a sign of it,” ( John Paul II: Theology of the Body 76)

“Love one another as I have Loved you.” – the New Commandment: an impossible ideal. Yet grace is given, for those who believe. We are called to breathe Divine Lives, lives that reflect Heaven even on the earth. To Love in God’s Image. To Love as He Who is Love: Loves. “God is Love & he who abides in Love abides in God, & God abides in him.” – 1 Jn.4:16

“Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” - 1 Cor. 13:4-7

“God Himself is an Eternal Exchange of Love, … & He has destined us to share in that exchange.” ( – CCC n. 221 )

“Be Merciful as your Heavenly Father is Merciful… Be Perfect as your Father in Heaven is Perfect”. Mercifully live Loving Kindness, Steadfast Love. Here we need to pause, & reflect. Where are we now days ? Are we Unfaithful in Love because we have no Faith? It takes supernatural power to Love in this undying way that Wedding Vows call for. How many of us take this commitment without considering it’s depth, without crying out interiorly to Heaven for help to achieve this impossible goal that we voluntarily consented to ! Imagine, vowing something that is only achievable WITH God’s grace, & then not sticking close to the Only One that can Help you keep your promise ? …Nuts.

These days we need a new Wedding Feast of Cana, where Jesus causes abundant wine to flow for Married couples, causing them to rejoice. Wine symbolizing Married Love, Divine Love, The Holy Spirit, The Covenant. This new wine was given at the special notice of Jesus’ Mother. Mothers! They are ever watchful & attentive to people’s needs. How wonderful they are! Let us run to our Heavenly Mother with our need for this wine, this Love in Marriages. The wine has run out worldwide practically. Mother! Please ask Your Beloved Son for this new wine to be poured out on all Marriages, to over flow & run through the hills enriching the land causing families to flourish, & we, on our part will “do whatever He tells us”. Amen. Hearing these words, “When I fall in Love… it will be forever” ( I have always Loved this song!) I think of Horton the Elephant, “I meant what I said, & I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful 100%.”

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