Article 79 – Marriage! – The Virtue of Hope
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Pray for Vocations

The brother of the young eighteen year old American lady, whom I wrote about recently, arrived for a visit with our family on New Year’s day to join his sister. His name is Joe and he is in his early twenties. Joe feels a certain call to serve God as a priest but he not certain about this just yet. Please pray to help him to discern if indeed he is called to serve God as a priest. Last week, these young people returned to America. Gianna, the young lady, had been with us for nine weeks in total.… Read the rest

Article 67 – Marriage – Genesis summary of Life
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, August 2016

 

Divorce Issue Still being used as a Trap

Today, we go back to the book of Genesis, to the beginning. When the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus on the question of marriage and divorce, he pointed them back to the beginning. It is interesting to note that this very same question, nowadays framed in the benign, and seemingly caring terms of re-admitting the divorced and remarried to Holy Communion, is still being used in an attempt to circumvent God’s original plan for marriage and as a trap to lead the unwary astray.Read the rest

Why are our young people delaying marriage?
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The Traditional Catholic Family, broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 5th August is now available to listen to online.

Go In By The Narrow Gate!

You can listen to the show HERE

You can read a transcript HERE

This show continues to examine why it is that in Ireland our young people are no longer getting married. According to the latest statistics from 2014, the average age for women getting married in Ireland is 33 and for men it is 35.  The primary end of marriage is children and yet at 33, these women have passed their fertile peak.

The show also touches on the problem whereby adult Catholics in Ireland are contradicting the teachings of the Catholic Church in front of young people.… 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 26 – Marriage! The Magisterium is Infallible
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First Published in The Catholic Voice – December 2014

Confusion about what the Church Teaches

I like to talk to people about these articles and to discuss what is contained within them as it gives me greater insight into the state of both the world and the Church and it also gives me fuel for future articles. Recently I met with a young woman who had just returned from Rome where she is studying about marriage and family. I put the proposal to her that in order to defend marriage we must first of all defend consecrated virginity as it is of a far higher order than the married state.Read the rest

Article 24 – Marriage & Virginity Council of Trent
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Jovinian, Doctors, Council of Trent

In our last article we met up with Jovinian, the heretic from the late fourth century, who dared to equate marriage and holy virginity. We saw how three of the doctors of the Church who were alive at that time came to the defence of holy virginity and we saw how the pope of the time St Siricius excommunicated Jovinian. Another doctor of the Church St Jerome, who came after Jovinian had died, further clarified the matter in his two books. Many centuries later yet another doctor of the Church, this time the angelic doctor St Thomas Aquinas, would also condemn the errors of Jovinian.Read the rest

Article 22 – Marriage! Nothing new under the Sun
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There is nothing new under the Sun.

A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.

The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.

All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.

All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.Read the rest

Article 21 – Marriage! The Discarding of Beauty
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Beauty Discarded.

Imagine, if you will, that you are walking by your nearest town hall. You notice a skip outside the town hall and a wooden frame protruding from the skip. On closer inspection, you find that a masterpiece painted by the artist Rembrandt, which used to hang in the main reception area of the town hall, has been thrown out. In disbelief you enter the town hall to find that the masterpiece has been replaced by a modern art painting of some obscure and unknown artist (if you are a cynic you will imagine that the artist is related to the lord mayor).Read the rest

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