I didn’t know that birthing can be such a spiritual altering experience.
Happy birthday, Ignasius Ng. Mommy and daddy loves you so much.
I feel contented. That I have enough.
It is through your visible sacraments on earth that you show your visible love to us.
You have shown me your love through my husband. That I deserve love. That I deserve to be loved too.
How can I be loved so much? How can ny husband love me so much?
I love you God. And I can only show my love to you, through these visible sacraments of yours. Through my husband.
Through my neighbour. And that it is you. All are made in your image, not mine.
Blessed be my Lord and my God.
Take the log out of your eyes. You are nothing, you have nothing. All pride.
The Sound Eye
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; 23but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
There are a lot of comments on here that I want to reply to specifically, but the one comment rule forces me to try to come up with one really good comment rather than a bunch of terse ones. Here goes. This is aimed primarily at people who are feeling angry about today’s decision, and about what Fr. Jim just said above.
First, I invite you to contemplate the reality of what today’s decision means. It does not mean that more people will “become gay”, or that gay people will have more sex. It does not mean that churches are obliged to officiate non-sacramental marriages. It simply means that gay couples who are in loving, committed relationships will now be able to express that commitment in the same legal terms with the same legal protections as straight couples. Both straight people and gay people have been having sinful pre/extra-marital sex long before this. Nothing changes that. And technically, according to the Church, most legal heterosexual marriages performed in the US are already “invalid” because they do not happen within the Catholic Church between two Catholics, so in the eyes of the Church, most straight “married” couples are committing the exact same sin as gay married couples.
Second, There is a concept of using “discernment” when making decisions and evaluating possibilities, which I will summarize thus: if one option feels like it is moving us closer to God, and the other feels like it is moving us further away, the first one is the better one. I invite you to consider in what sense anyone was ever brought closer to God by having the state deny gay couples the legal ability to marry. Do you feel that your own relationship with God has been harmed by today’s legal decision? Do you feel that legal marriage is an impediment to gay couples’ spiritual development? Is the same true of heterosexual Protestant/Jewish/Muslim/atheist couples, whose marriages are also invalid in the eyes of the Church? Would it be better for all of these groups to remain completely unmarried in a legal sense? Or could it be possible that relationships that are based on mutual love and commitment, even those that are not sacramental marriages, tend to bring us closer to God, rather than further away?
Week 35. Any day now. Baby stay in and grow fully first ok. Mommy and daddy can’t wait to see you :)