13 Jun Culture of Love (Mt 5:32) by Shane Kapler
“whoever divorces his wife…causes her to commit adultery.” ~ Mt 5:32 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: In a very real sense, the culture of death has only been able to arise because the culture of love – of marital love – has been in a state of decay. We Christians have not lived Jesus’ teaching and, as a result, have cheapened our culture’s understanding of marriage and the sacrificial nature of sexuality and parenthood. Where the life-long, sexual faithfulness of husband and wife is not prized, the sexual act loses its whole raison d’etre. As a result, pre-marital sex flourishes and “unplanned” and “accidental” pregnancies occur –and the environment becomes ripe for abortion.
* Shane Kapler is the author of Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own and The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center. He is online at www.explainingchristianity.com.
Faith Challenge: We have to thoroughly understand and live – as difficult and as counter-cultural as it may be at this point – Jesus’ teaching about marriage. A fantastic place to find His teachings on the subject gathered in one place and reflected upon under the guidance of the Spirit is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, starting here at Paragraph 1601. Make time today to click that link and spend 5 minutes shoring up your foundation in Christ’s truth.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Anthony of Padua
Faith Quote: “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” ~ Pope John Paul II
Through Christ our Lord,