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Marriage Rooted in Nature of Man and Woman, Says Pope: Warns That Other Forms Are Outside Human Dignity

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Our Lady of Mount Carmel pray for Your Son's Vicar on Earth Pope Benedict XVI and pray for us all and lead us to Your Son Our Lord Jesus Christ!! Posted by Hello
Since these matters are coming before legislative officials in Minnesota and through the US and in fact throught the world I thought this would be a timely post. The article first was published by the Zenit News Agency in Rome and a link to Zenit is provided in the text of this posting. There are some additional relevant links provided in the text of the posting also. I also decided after finishing my nightly Lectio Divina that the readings for Tommorrow- June 8th 2005- would fit nicely into this posting for further reflection. Please pray for the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and all bishops, priests, deacons and those in concecrated life. Please pray for some special intentions which I carry in my heart and give to Our Lady of Good Remedy.
I pray that Our Lord may richly bless you and those in your life and may Mary Queen of all Hearts keep you all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace!
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Marriage Rooted in Nature of Man and Woman, Says Pope
Warns That Other Forms Are Outside Human Dignity

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Marriage and the family are not human innovations, but rather form part of the very nature of man and woman, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope discussed at length the Christian vision of the family on Monday when opening the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome on "Family and Christian Community: Formation of the Person and Transmission of the Faith."

"Marriage and the family are not casual sociological constructs, fruits of a particular historical and economic situation," the Holy Father said. "On the contrary, the question of the right relationship between man and woman has its roots in the most profound essence of the human being, and can only find its answer in the latter."

The Bible presents man as "created in the image of God, and God himself is love. For this reason, the vocation to love is what makes man the authentic image of God: He becomes like God in the measure that he becomes someone who loves," Benedict XVI stated.

Theological character

The expression of love through sexuality is explained, he said, in "the indissoluble bond between spirit and body: Man is, in fact, soul that expresses itself in the body and body that is vivified by an immortal spirit."

He continued: "The body of man and of woman also has, therefore, so to speak, a theological character, it is not simply body, and what is biological in man is not only biological, but an expression and fulfillment of our humanity.

"Human sexuality is not next to our being person, but belongs to it. Only when sexuality is integrated in the person does it succeed in giving itself meaning."

The "yes" pronounced by the spouses in the marriage "means 'always'; it constitutes the area of fidelity," the Pope said.

Only in this fidelity "can this faith grow which gives a future and allows the children, fruit of love, to believe in man and in his future in difficult times," he stated.

Definitive gift

The highest expression of freedom is not, continued Benedict XVI, "the pursuit of pleasure, without ever arriving at a genuine decision. Seemingly this permanent openness appears to be the realization of freedom, but it is not true: The true expression of freedom is, on the contrary, the capacity to decide for a definitive gift, in which freedom, by surrendering itself, finds itself fully again.

"The personal and reciprocal 'yes' of man and woman opens space for the future, for the authentic humanity of each one, and at the same time is destined to the gift of a new life."

For this reason, "this personal 'yes' must necessarily be a 'yes' that is also publicly responsible, with which the spouses assume the public responsibility of faithfulness, which also guarantees the future of the community," the Holy Father said.

"None of us belongs exclusively to ourselves," he added. "Therefore, each one is called to assume in our deepest selves our public responsibility.

"Marriage, as an institution, is not therefore an undue interference of society or of the authorities, an imposition from outside in the most private reality of life; it is, on the contrary, an intrinsic exigency of the pact of conjugal love and of the depth of the human person.


"The different present forms of the dissolution of marriage, as well as free unions and 'trial marriage,' including the pseudo-marriage between persons of the same sex, are on the contrary expressions of an anarchic freedom that appears erroneously as man's authentic liberation."

The Pope said this pseudo-freedom is based on "a trivialization of the body, which inevitably includes the trivialization of man. Its assumption is that man can make of himself what he likes. Thus his body becomes something secondary, which can be manipulated from the human point of view, which can be used as one pleases."

He added: "Libertinism, which appears as discovery of the body and its value, is in reality a dualism that makes the body contemptible, leaving it, so to speak, outside the authentic being and dignity of the person."

June 8th, 2005

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
2 Cor 3:4-11

Brothers and sisters:
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit
for anything as coming from us;
rather, our qualification comes from God,
who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant,
not of letter but of spirit;
for the letter brings death, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious
that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses
because of its glory that was going to fade,
how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious?
For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious,
the ministry of righteousness will abound much more in glory.
Indeed, what was endowed with glory
has come to have no glory in this respect
because of the glory that surpasses it.
For if what was going to fade was glorious,
how much more will what endures be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9

R. (see 9c) Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his footstool;
holy is he!

R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.
From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.
O LORD, our God, you answered them;
a forgiving God you were to them,
though requiting their misdeeds.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.
Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.

R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Mt 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."
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