27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, October 2nd-3rd A Marriage Morning of Reflection
We have reflected a lot on the centrality of Marriage to a civilization.
Leo XIII, in his encyclical titled “On Socialism” states that the foundation of a society rests first of all in the indissoluble union of man and wife. We can also see the centrality of marriage looking at the teaching of those who hate the notion of marriage and have made it their project to tear marriage apart.
Kate Millet was the author of “Sexual Politics”, published in 1970. There she decried the patriarchy of the monogamous nuclear family. Her sister Mallory recounts attending a meeting with Kate Millet and her communist apparatchiks.
“We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back and forth recitation, like a litany, a type of prayer done in the Catholic Church. But now it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:
“Why are we here today?” Kate asked. “To make revolution” they answered. “What kind of revolution?” Kate replied. “The cultural revolution,” they chanted. “And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” Kate demanded. “By destroying the American family!” they answered. “How do we destroy the family?” Kate came back. “By destroying the American Patriarch” they cried exuberantly. “And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied. “By taking away his power!” they said. “How do we do that?” Kate asked. “By destroying monogamy!” they shouted. “How do we destroy monogamy?” Kate asked. “By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexual acts!” they resounded” (The Devil and Karl Marx, by Paul Kengor, pg. 366)
But instead of railing against the evils of divorce, I would like to actually do something about strengthening marriages. Besides, if you are here, you are likely not the people that need to hear about the importance of marriage and family.
When I first came to Annunciation, but before I was assigned to Saint Paul’s, I brought out a friend Dr. Eric Gudan to give a morning of reflection on marriage. It was offered to single people, people preparing for marriage, and also to married couples. I am doing that again. I have been communicating with Dr. Gudan, and he has committed to coming sometime in November or early December. I will get that date out to you as soon as it is nailed down. Everyone who attended his talks and exercises 8 years ago found them extremely entertaining and revitalizing.
I am also offering a $200 gift to card to St. Elmo’s to one lucky couple or single person who attends. Breakfast from Panera will be provided at St. Paul starting at 8:30 am. Again, marriage is under attack, and we all probably already know that. Let’s work on our marriage, or make ourselves a better spouse even before we get married. What God has joined together, may no man break asunder.
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