Christus Vivit 264: Opting For Marriage

Thoughts on marriage:

264. Today, a culture of the ephemeral dominates, but it is an illusion. To think that nothing can be definitive is a deceptive lie. “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the present moment. They say that it is not worth making a lifelong commitment, making a definitive decision…

In my campus ministry experience, I definitely recall a certain hesitancy about making a commitment and keeping it. One reason: there are so many options. A second: noticing what happens when the choice for marriage fails, and people wanting surety beyond what the experience or even the beloved can offer.

Pope Francis suggests a plunge into the waters:

I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, incapable of true love”.[Meeting with Volunteers, XXVIII World Youth Day in Río de Janeiro (28 July 2013): Insegnamenti 1, 2 (2013), 125] I have great confidence in you, and for this very reason, I urge you to opt for marriage.

I think it’s possible to work through difficulties and maintain a marriage in the face of significant trials. In nearly twenty-four years, my wife and I have weathered obstacles that have broken marriages of other people we knew. For us, it was a question of commitment and grace by faith.

Any thoughts?

If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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