Holding on through the rough patches Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Hensley   
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128:1-6
Hebrew 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16 or Mark 10:2-12

How many of us have watched, in our own families or the families of those close to us, as husbands and wives have endured rough patches -- some short, others stretching over decades. At times, it may have seemed easier, we might have observed, to dissolve a marriage and give both parties the chance to begin anew.

My father, as much as I loved him, didn't become a particularly easy fellow to live with until many years into his retirement. But a bit before my mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, he changed.

His compassion became more pronounced, and his concern for my mother began to develop a nurturing side that had not surfaced since his children were small.

His was a long, steep upward climb to maturity. Had my mother not held on during those more difficult times in their marriage, he would not have been there as her close emotional and physical support during her last years.

Today's Genesis Scripture speaks of God's creation of marriage, of the physical unity of husband and wife. The familiar passage that sums up that unity ends with the words, "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh."

In the passage from Mark, Jesus quotes this Scripture when he answers the Pharisees' questions about divorce. It is "the hardness of your hearts" he says, that caused Moses to provide a means under the law for men to divorce their wives.

These are interesting Scriptures to consider at an interesting time in the life of the world and the Church, especially in light of the beautiful theology on marriage and the family to be taught and discussed at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Perhaps even more pertinent is the end of this passage in Mark, in which Jesus, on allowing small children to approach him over the objections of his disciples, says, "Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: October 2015 Print E-mail
October Universal Intention

Human Trafficking. That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

October Evangelization Intention
Mission in Asia. That with a missionary spirit, the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2015.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 14
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints
Tuesday, Dec.8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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