Article 57 – Marriage! The Garden of Eden
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, March 2016

 

Tempted by the Father of Lies

We have seen how the serpent tempted Eve with a lie. We have seen that Eve fell for this temptation, doubted God, and then disobeyed His command. We have seen how Eve passed on the temptation to Adam, because Adam failed to protect her from the lies of the serpent, and we have seen how Adam also fell and disobeyed God. In the last article we saw a comparison between the first Eve and Our Lady, the second Eve. The bible presents us with plenty of these comparisons in the examples it gives of the choices that men make and these examples are for our instruction.… Read the rest

Article 56 – Marriage! Eve V Our Lady
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, March 2016

Dom Prosper Gueranger

Today I would like to present a beautiful mediation from Dom Prosper Gueranger contrasting Eve with Our Lady. It comes from ‘The Liturgical Year’ for the feast of the Annunciation.

The Angel of Darkness

“In the garden of delights there is a virgin and an angel; and a conversation takes place between them. At Nazareth a virgin is also addressed by an angel, and she answers him; but the angel of the earthly paradise is a spirit of darkness, and he of Nazareth a spirit of light. In both instances it is the angel that has the first word.… Read the rest

Article 55 – Marriage! The Mercy of God
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, February 2016

Adam & Eve are punished

But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:9-13)

The Experience of Fear

For the first time in their lives, Adam and Eve experience fear.Read the rest

Article 54 – Marriage and the Arch Enemy of Man
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, February 2016

The serpent enters the Garden of Eden

Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die.Read the rest

Article 53 – Marriage! The Virtue of Purity
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, January 2016

Extraordinary Statement

The second chapter of the Book of Genesis ends with an extraordinary statement. It is extraordinary for several reasons. On account of its simplicity, on account of its subject matter, on account of its profundity and, on account of the fact that in today’s world it is easily overlooked and misunderstood. Here is that statement.

“And they were both naked: to wit, Adam and his wife: and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25)

So What?

Many will say “so they were in their nudes, what’s the big deal?” It is chapter 3 of Genesis, which tells us of the fall of Adam, that will give us the key to understanding this extraordinary statement.… Read the rest

Article 52 – Marriage! Instituted by God
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, December 2015

Male and Female He Created Them

We have seen that, in the first chapter of the book of Genesis, God created man in His own likeness and image, with only two genders, male and female, and instituted marriage for the purpose of begetting sons and daughters to become heirs to the Kingdom of God.

The Purpose of Sacred Scripture

The second chapter of the book of Genesis gives us another account of that creation. That these accounts are not in conflict will be understood if we keep in mind the purpose of Sacred Scripture.… Read the rest

Article 51 – Marriage! In the Beginning
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, December 2015

Modern Ireland’s Pharisaism

Modern Ireland, has lost sight of God’s primary purpose for marriage and has become Pharisaical in putting God to the test with legalised divorce, legalised contraception, legalised ‘same-sex’ relationships which are falsely called marriages, legalised adoption of children into ‘same-sex households contrary to the best interests of those children and contrary to all the ‘fluff and burble’ of our politicians about cherishing and protecting all children, legalised murder in the guise of abortion, and soon we will have legalised euthanasia if our Taoiseach continues along the road he has so freely chosen to lead this nation of ours.Read the rest

Rome Life Forum
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I am leaving today for the Rome Life Forum conference, organised by Voice of the Family

The programme is as follows

FRIDAY 6th MAY
8.00 Holy Mass (St Peter’s Basilica, altar of St Pius X)
8.45 Registration and coffee at Hotel Columbus
9.30 Introduction
9.45 Prof. Roberto de Mattei (Lepanto Foundation) – The Current Crisis in the Context of Church History
10.45 Matthew McCusker (Voice of the Family) – Aftermath of the Synod on the Family: The Apostolic Exhortation
11.40 Coffee break
12.00 John-Henry Westen (LifeSiteNews) – Gender Ideology and Other Dogmas of the New Global Order
14.30 Prof. Thomas Stark – (Benedict XVI Academy of Philosophy and Theology; University of St.… Read the rest

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