Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Tribute to Marriage

The Supreme Court decision given yesterday in favor of recognizing same-sex marriage is certainly an issue that is hurting the nobility of marriage as God intended it to be, a union between a man and a woman. “At the beginning of creation God made them male and female; for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two shall become as one. They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore let no man separate what God has joined.” (Mark 10: 6-9) Our duty is to pray for stronger marriages, especially between couples who feel they are drifting apart. Counseling is always available, prayer enhances the spouses’ relationship, and involvement in a vibrant parish community helps any couple stay alive, active in their faith, and an example to the children they are blessed with.

I took the above photo on a country road between Ontario and Nyssa in rural Oregon, and even though it may describe the situation in many marriages, there are millions of other marriages that are strong, healthy, and a true witness to what God intended the union between husband and wife to be. As we pray for and help those who may have a different sexual orientation, let us continue to work on strengthening the many marriages between men and women, many of whom I blessed over the past 36 years, in Malta, New York and Oregon.

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