So there we have it!!
The Church teaches through the lens of Scripture in light of Tradition
Paragraph 2201 says, “The conjugal community is established upon the consent of the spouses. Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children. The love of the spouses and the begetting of children create among members of the same family personal relationships and primordial responsibilities.”
Even if the couple is unable to have biological children, the family is ordered to the good of the spouses and the education of children
There is something so good about the care and love that parents have for each other and for their children
Paragraph 2202 says, “A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it. It should be considered the normal reference point by which the different forms of family relationship are to be evaluated.”
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike reminiscing about a study he read once about young adults…
While our natural family in which we are raised is very important, when it comes to our further development in adolescence there is a great reliance upon those members outside the family
The definition of family is not those we feel close to, even if we think of them as “family”
We do not get the definition of marriage from the state or history or from anyone who is in charge or from society or from civilization
It existed before any government and any community
Marriage and the family are the fundamental building blocks of society
It predates society and civilization
The consequence of this is we may not redefine marriage
We have to simply observe it and accept it
A man and woman united in marriage with their children is the most basic fundamental form and the normal reference point by which different forms of family are to be evaluated
Paragraph 2203 says, “In creating man and woman, God instituted the human family and endowed it with its fundamental constitution. Its members are persons equal in dignity. For the common good of its members and of society, the family necessarily has manifold responsibilities, rights, and duties.”
Every person we meet deserves our respect and honor because they are made in God’s image and likeness
Parents, children, and extended family are equal in dignity
Everyone is equal when it comes to dignity
Paragraph 2204 says, “‘The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church.’ It is a community of faith, hope, and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church, as is evident in the New Testament.’”
The family is the Domestic Church
What about families with only one parent?
What about a husband and wife that can’t have children?
Are they still a Domestic Church?
St. John Paul II had a mom, dad, and brother
When he was very young, his mom died
His father raised him and his brother
That was a Domestic Church too, even though they were now raised by a single dad
Then his older brother died and it was just JPII and his dad
That is STILL a Domestic Church even though it was father and son
To miss a part because of circumstances in life does not mean it is not the Domestic Church
You might find yourself in an irregular situation like your spouse is no longer here anymore or you and your spouse do not have children…
YOU ARE STILL INVITED INTO THIS!!
We are called to be part of the Christian family
Paragraph 2205 says, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father’s work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task.”
If you are a husband and wife and you can’t have children, your life is a sacrifice
Your life is marked by this pain of longing and loss
If you are a single mom, a single dad and you long for that spouse that is not there
Your life is marked by pain and sacrifice
Or if you are a husband and wife united with your children, your life is likely marked by pain, loss, and sacrifice
So what are we called to do?
We are called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ
There are certain parts of the world where the Church is growing in leaps and bounds
There are some places around the world where the Catholic Church is shrinking
Some people think we need more conferences, retreats, and big events
Those are not bad things
Those are great things
The Church will not grow through a person on a stage with a microphone
The Church will grow and the Gospel will be advanced in two ways
God wants to grow His Church primarily through the things we long for the most and experience the greatest brokenness in
Think about our world right now
Family is going to be where the Gospel continues to move throughout the world
Think about how lonely people are when it comes to friendship
True self-sacrificial friendship and families will be the means by which the Lord God will grow His Church and spread His Gospel throughout the world
The Domestic Church is imperfect
They are the privileged community in the Church that has an evangelizing and missionary task and is positioned in such a way as to spread the Good News of Jesus like no other
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!