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Tag Archive for ‘marriage’

Friday 18 August

Joshua 24:1-13; Psalm 136; Matthew 19:3-12 It’s not a man’s world! In the tradition of Moses, divorce was the prerogative of the husband. He could dismiss a wife on any pretext whatever. In answering the Pharisees’ question, Jesus seeks to strengthen the principle that marriage is a partnership; that the wife is a person, not […]

Friday 12 August

Ezekiel 16:1-5, 59-63; Canticle Isaiah 12:2-6; Matthew 19:3-12 Tenderness A forgiving heart is not a hard heart, even within a marriage and within family life. Pope Francis writes: “Against the backdrop of love so central to the Christian experience of marriage and the family another virtue stands out… tenderness. The union between the Lord and […]

Love – Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. Merriam Webster Dictionary We do our best to love as best we can in the situations we find ourselves in. Somewhere in our efforts the Holy Spirit enables us with graces to love others as God loves us. It isn’t easy. The sting in […]

Friday 10 June

1 Kings 19: 9, 11-16; Ps. 27; Matthew 5:27-32 Love and justice Elijah finds God in the gentle breeze. God is found in the detail not just in the general scheme of things. Each person is sacred to God, not just people in general. In the gospel, Jesus makes it clear: we are judged by […]

November

Marriage Annulments  Cardinal John Dew has made the following comments available following the Pope’s announcement recently that the marriage annulment process is to be simplified. “The Synod gathering in 2014 discussed simplifying the process for people and I’m pleased to see that Pope Francis has been able to move on this, fairly quickly after that […]

Married, Saintly Life

A couple of things have come to my attention lately which I think are connected. The first is the forthcoming canonisation of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the first married couple to receive this official Church blessing. The other is a statement from our Catholic Bishops which says that our schools are producing […]

Marriage Five Years On

Letter to a married couple on the 5th anniversary of their wedding Dear John and Mary, congratulations on 5 years of married life. It seems only yesterday that we gathered so joyfully for your wedding and now, 2 children later, Thomas and Rebecca, a few grey hairs and you are still smiling and talking to […]

You are Preparing for a Marriage Not a Wedding

A Letter to a Catholic engaged couple by Fr Carl Telford sm Dear Mary and John, thank you for inviting me to be the Church’s witness at your wedding. It is a privilege to get to know you both and to see your love and energy for each other and your maturity in seeking the […]

Marriage Forever – Part II

Contemplating The Truth About Marriage For Life In the light of the recent Synod about Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelisation, it is good for all of us to reflect on married peoples’ call to mission and holiness and how that fits into the big picture of Catholic faith life. The […]

Contemplating the Truth About Marriage for Life

Part I It is a hard time to be a Catholic who loves God. The loss of Christian culture and the division inside the Church are unexpected realities which add to the difficulty of living a sacramental life. Parish life is shrinking. Those of us who are left are forced to realise just how different […]