Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Around Valentine's day each year, the Church recognizes and celebrates marriage. Today, February 17, is that day. God instituted it at the beginning of the creation of Adam and Eve. Man and woman He made them, and He said "Be fruitful and multiply...." From that time on men and women have been entering this vocation out of love and to have children.

You will not find a time or place in history when same-sex marriage was sanctioned. Spin a globe and pick virtually any place on earth at any previous time in human history; you will find that they do marriages one way: between men and a woman. There may be other differences but marriage has always required a husband and a wife. Why? Marriage teaches that men and women need each other and that children need mothers and fathers. A loving and compassionate society comes to the aid of motherless and fatherless children, but no compassionate society intentionally deprives children of their mom and dad. But this is what every same-sex home does—and for no other reason but to satisfy adult desire.

Because marriage between a man and a woman is God's plan, it is understandable why the following facts are true in the majority.

Marriage reduces the risk of poverty for children and communities.

Fatherless households increase crime.

Marriage protects children's physical and mental health.

Both men and women who marry live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Children whose parents cohabit are at increased risk for domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.

Children whose parents divorced or never get married have lower grade point averages.

When marriages fail, ties between parents and children typically weaken.

I know that marriages often have difficulties—some serious. The reason is that we are human beings and are not perfect. Each person brings his or her weaknesses and shortcomings to the marriage. But, the special love of marriage truly does conquer adversity.

Marriage works by fostering commitment, trust, fidelity, and cooperation between a man and a woman.

God already blesses marriage. May each of us pray for and be of help to husbands and wives in their marriages.

Fr. Stanley