Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Jeremiah, Chapter 10, Verse 5-7
5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, they cannot speak; They must be carried about, for they cannot walk. Do not fear them, they can do no harm, neither can they do good. 6 No one is like you, LORD, you are great, great and mighty is your name. 7 Who would not fear you, King of the nations, for it is your due! Among all the wisest of the nations, and in all their domains, there is none like you.
Our idols are not real they are like scarecrows appearing real but are not. Yet, even in our foolishness the Lord our God calls us to His service. This is the message of St. Therese of Lisieux that we are all called and we should have great confidence and humility seeking to bring the kingdom in small ways and asking our Lord to multiply our efforts. The greatest way we can bring about the Kingdom is in our own families. This is the reason Pope Francis made such efforts to attend the family symposium in Philadelphia in 2015.
Yes, families are under attack from a secular world, a media that continually pushes instant gratification and sensuality and of course Satan and his followers.
The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid because Our Lady has already crushed his head and anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way. (Sister Lucia of Fatima)
Our Lord will not abandon us and tells us to trust in him.
Entrust everything to Me and do nothing on your own, and you will always have great freedom of spirit. No circumstances or events will ever be able to upset you. Set little store on what people say. Let everyone judge you as they like. Do not make excuses for yourself, it will do you no harm. (Diary of Sister Faustina, 1685)
We are all called to marriage no matter what vocation you choose. Some choose the bachelors life yet by their marriage to their vocation of their choosing they can and do serve the will of God. Likewise couples in marriage give themselves to each other choosing to serve God through each other. Finally the Priest and Religious marry the Church and serve God as faithfully as any husbandman. You see the entire Bible is a book that tells a love story—the story of God’s love for humankind. In fact the scriptures are arranged so that the canons begin and end with a wedding. When God spoke through the prophets, he portrayed his covenant with Israel as a marriage. Human marriage, then, was for Israel an earthly image of God’s eternal love. The entire univers takes part in the sacred marriage of YHWH with Israel and through Christ the world. The Law is Love. It is not a question of law or love, but love conceived in love, love expressed in Law. The two are a unity.” Marriage is also a symbol of this mystery of the love that God has for his bride, the Church, the love that God has for his people.
The Choice Wine-Program for Couples
7 Steps to an Abundant Marriage, Choice Wine – This program integrates the latest findings from modern science with the timeless teaching of the faith and the wisdom of the saints. "The Choice Wine": 7 Steps to a Superabundant Marriage places authentic marital happiness within every couple’s reach. By opening to couples the interior life of the Holy Family at Nazareth, "The Choice Wine" helps couples to experience a foretaste of Paradise.
• Honor Your Wedding Vows
• Use Money for Others
• Give God some of Your Time
• Set you Mind on things above
• Find God in Yourself/Other People
• Make it Easy to Be Good & Hard to Be Bad
• Foretaste of Paradise
 Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40 Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 20. Marriage.
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