Love excuses and presumes goodwill

Love excuses and presumes goodwill

Blessed are the Merciful… and Peacemakers. How can you make peace in the world (or in the family, workplace, nation, etc.) if we are not merciful, especially if we hold on to resentments and hurts? As St. Paul reminds us, in his Canticle of Love, that love “is not...

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Family, peace, and punishment

Family, peace, and punishment

Pope Francis reminds us that true love - essential for peace - “is not irritable” or easily provoked. [In St. Paul, irritable] refers to a violent reaction within, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge where others are concerned, as if they were troublesome or...

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Defending peace, life, and property

Defending peace, life, and property

Blessed the Peacemaker can also be linked to Blessed are the meek and Do not kill… Donot steal, because peace is impossible if we do not respect another person’s property and thesacredness of their life as a gift from God. Meekness is an attitude of respect for the...

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Peace and Private property

Peace and Private property

The universal destination of goods (see last week’s Note) doesn’t mean we should haveno personal possessions. Material possessions are necessary to us human beings because of ourbodily nature. Our soul needs the body in order to know, love, and act. Just as we have a...

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The Universal Destination of Creation and the Common Good

The Universal Destination of Creation and the Common Good

The Common Good is the good of the whole human family. When a couple marries, theindividual spouses no longer seek each one’s individual good (independent of the other) but mustpursue the good of the marriage, the couple, and the family they form. The same is true for...

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Blessed the peacemaker

Blessed the peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9).Peacemakers love peace, working to heal discord between people and to reconcile sinnersestranged from God. “Sowing peace all around us: that is holiness” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 89)....

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Marital lies and mortal sin

Marital lies and mortal sin

Married persons also need a pure heart to avoid sins against the sixth beatitude, by usingmarital relations in a disordered way by putting limits or conditions on their total, unconditionalself-giving. This breaks and distorts the image of God’s total, unconditional...

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Marital love and fidelity

Marital love and fidelity

Purity of heart is essential for a relationship with God, especially since the pure union ofa man and woman in a lifelong marriage reflects God’s image and likeness as a Trinity ofpersons. All sinful lust distorts marriage and thus distorts God’s image and likeness;...

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Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings

Dear St. Mary of the Angels Family & Friends Love for us moved Jesus Christ to climb the steps to the summit of Calvary, embracingincredible suffering and death on the cross. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place...

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Marital love and fidelity

Extramarital lies

Often young people challenge the Church: “Why must we wait until we are married tohave sex? When I hear such questions I like to ask: “Why would you want to?” The young peopleare taken aback by that, thinking: “Doesn’t everyone want to?” But this question forces them...

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