Sirach, Chapter 15, Verse 13
Abominable wickedness the LORD hates and he does not let it happen to those who FEAR him.
Have you ever been so angry; livid at someone or something and then discovered the reason for your anger was directly correlated to a defect in yourself that you had buried and chose to ignore?
We all have until we have realized that we are not as perfect as we pretend to be. Let me give you a personal example. As a married man I was really struggling to get along with my wife and in a silent prayer to the Lord I asked,
“Lord why did you chain me to the meanest most selfish and unloving woman in the world”
To which a small voice in my mind responded,
Funny-that is what she says about you to me too?
Let us reflect on Paul’s advice to the Ephesians, “Brothers and sisters: I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; that is not how you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. (Eph 4:17-20)
By the renewal of our minds, we through Christ’s grace check our feelings, moods and prejudices or preferences and strive to maintain the right intensions.
Lord, Grant that I may follow Your words in my daily life. Let Your truth teach me, guide me, and protect me and may it deliver me from all evil desires and foolish love. Let me esteem nothing as great, or valuable, or wonderful, except insofar as it makes me better and more pleasing in your eyes. In this way I shall never be a slave of this earth but shall walk daily towards Heaven in Holy Fear.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
III. THE LOVE OF HUSBAND AND WIFE
2364 The married couple forms "the intimate partnership of life and love established by the Creator and governed by his laws; it is rooted in the conjugal covenant, that is, in their irrevocable personal consent." Both give themselves definitively and totally to one another. They are no longer two; from now on they form one flesh. The covenant they freely contracted imposes on the spouses the obligation to preserve it as unique and indissoluble. "What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder."
2365 Fidelity expresses constancy in keeping one's given word. God is faithful. The Sacrament of Matrimony enables man and woman to enter into Christ's fidelity for his Church. Through conjugal chastity, they bear witness to this mystery before the world.
Chrysostom suggests that young husbands should say to their wives: I have taken
you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the
present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in
such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved
for us. I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or
painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.
Thru January 31
The Canadian Rockies is the place for adventure in January. Besides the predictable winter activities — skiing, snowshoeing, skating — Jasper in January hosts fat bike snow races, sleigh riding, dog sledding and ice climbing. And that’s just during the day, Jasper’s evenings offer wine and whiskey tasting, food-a-paloolza, live music, entertainment, kids’ scavenger hunts, plus stargazing and northern-light viewing with s’mores.