•The next Mom's Prayer Meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 25th at 7:00 PM, at St. Michael’s, in the Perpetual Help classroom.
•The school’s next Open House for prospective students will be this Sunday, February 11, at 3:30 PM. Feel free to spread the word to interested families.
•Presidents Day Weekend is February 17-19. Students have Monday, February 19 off; they return Monday evening (for the Winter Sports Award Ceremony mentioned below). No weekenders are allowed to stay that weekend.
•All of the students will treated to a special Mardi Gras dinner/party this Tuesday evening here at the school.
•Congratulations to our basketball and soccer team players and coaches on a very fine season!
•The Winter Sports Awards Ceremony will be on Monday, February 19, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom. All basketball and soccer players are required to attend; everyone else is warmly welcome. A reception follows.
Our Lord tells us in the Gospels that in heaven there is no marriage: They will neither marry nor be given in marriage…they will be like the angels.
Why is there no marriage in heaven? The reason is obvious. Or rather, the reason should be obvious. The reason no one in heaven is married is because there is no childbirth in heaven—every human being is created to live first in this world; heaven is a reward which comes afterwards. So, since there is no children being born in heaven, there is no marriage, because the chief end of marriage, the primary reason for marriage is the birth of children. Again, this should be obvious, but some insist on closing their eyes and their minds to what is almost a self-evident truth.
The Catholic Church is often criticized for being too harsh and even cruel with regards to its teaching on marriage, morality, divorce, contraception; but she is simply passing on what has been taught us by Christ Himself, and, again, what is practically self-evident—no matter what your religion. Marriage, of course, is a union between one man and one woman; a union of love and fidelity which brings with it many joys and blessings; a union in which the man and woman
express their love and affection for each other. The Church certainly does not deny this; in fact, she strongly encourages it; but none of that changes the natural biological fact that the chief end of marriage—the chief end of the marital act, the reproductive act—is reproduction, children. You don’t need a degree in biology to figure that one out. At least, you shouldn’t.
It’s all very simple: God wants man to share in His creative process, so He gave us a creative act. If the act was not for that, it wouldn’t produce children. Now, it is very important that children be raised by a mother and a father (This is not to condemn any single parents out there who, by no fault of their own, are doing their best to raise a family.)—again, almost a self-evident truth, and one which any good psychologist would tell you. Now, given the great importance of maintaining this union of man and woman for the good of the family, for the good of the children, God wills that they bind themselves by a vow. We take vows to keep us faithful to a commitment which we might otherwise want to abandon at a later time. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about in this. It’s a fact of life. Our wills are not strong enough on their own, so we bind ourselves by a vow, calling on God as our Witness, to make sure we remain faithful to our initial commitment. In addition to this, because the union between man and woman is so important for the good of the children, God also raised marriage (a natural union) to the level of a sacrament so that He could assist the husband and wife with His supernatural help, His grace.
God knows how difficult marriage could be, so He made it a sacrament in order offer help. Now the union between married couples also becomes a supernatural sign to the world of God’s love for His Church; and as such, the marital fidelity between the husband and wife actually helps evangelize the world.
O.k., let’s review: God wants the human race to multiply, so He gave us a natural act which would produce children. He wants children to be raised in a family, so He wills that husband and wife stay together until death. He knows that that can be very difficult, so He willed that all couples get married in the one Catholic Church He founded, exchanging vows before at least two witnesses and a Catholic priest (God’s representative), thus allowing the couples to receive the
sacrament of matrimony, sanctifying the couple and having the couple in turn help Him evangelize the world. It’s God’s plan; God’s creative act; God’s sacrament according to God’s design. So, anyone who has been given the true faith and attempts a marriage outside of the
Church He founded is not truly married. They’re doing their own thing, not God’s.
Yes, it’s all very simple to understand; but the devil is having one a heck of a time confusing many and steering them off into disaster. How many want to do things their way and so refuse God’s help by initiating what only looks like a real marriage! How many others, while perhaps being truly married in the Church, block God’s creative plan through contraception. The results of all of this? Well, just look at the world around us. You can point to pretty much any social
problem out there and trace it back to the desecration of marriage and the destruction of the family. And yet, as bad as the current social problems are (and heaven knows they are bad), there is something still worse. See, the end for which we are created, the reason why God wants children to be born is not a mere social purpose. We are not created ultimately for this world, but for the next.
This fact is illustrated beautifully in the Book of Maccabees. We hear about several brothers being martyred for their faith. The story goes on to tell us that all seven were eventually killed right before their mother’s eyes. But did the mother think of herself? Did she worry about how she would survive without them? The social or economic conditions? No. She actually encouraged each of the sons to give themselves up as martyrs for the faith, knowing as she did that that was the end for which they had been created. It is not I who gave you life and breath, she said, but God. Look to heaven…accept death, so that in God’s mercy I may get you back again with your brothers [2 Mac. 7:23-29].
We are created to give God glory. So, every time a couple contracepts, they are denying to God His creative power, His ability to bring into being another human person which He wants to be
created for His glory. Yes, abortion and contraception produce enormous social problems; but far worse than that, they rob God of His glory and they steal away from that child who would have been born his or her chance for eternal happiness in heaven. And that is a crime the horror of which cannot even be expressed in words!
God did not have to create the world. He did not have to create man. He did not have to ask man to share in that creative process. But out of love He did all of this. He has called and continues to call couples to share in His amazing act of creation, to bring children into this world, to raise them in a human family, so that they may someday join the heavenly family and be like the angels in heaven and give eternal glory to God.
Let us pray that those who have been called to such a beautiful vocation might remain faithful to each other, faithful to their children, and faithful to Almighty God, to Whom be all honor and glory. Amen.
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