Sunday, December 12, 2004

Holy Orders and Matrimony 

RCIA tomorrow night is Chapter 16: Sacraments at the Service of Communion:  Holy Orders and Matrimony.  Our book is doing a decent job of walking us through the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.  We learn here how Bishops and Priests and Deacons are made.  And we learn:
God uses marriage to help men and women "to overcome self-absorbtion, egoism, pursuit of one's own pleasure, and to open oneself to the other, to mutual aid and to self-giving."
Our text quotes the Jimmy Carter passage of Matthew, "looking at a woman lustfully is the equivalent of comitting adultery."  (Matthew 5:27-28).  And also quotes St. Francis Assisi's "Prayer for Peace:"
   Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
   Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
   where there is injury, pardon;
   where there is doubt, faith;
   where there is despair, hope;
   where there is darkness, light;
   where there is sadness, joy.
   O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much
   to be consoled as to console;
   to be understood, as to understand,
   to be loved, as to love.
   For it is in giving that we receive,
   it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
   and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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