THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
the Sunday the gospel present Jesus’ words on the sacrament
of marriage. To this, Pope Benedict XVI gave his Papal address before
reciting the midday Angelus with the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s
Below is a translation of the Holy Father’s message by Zenit.
Brothers and Sisters:
Sunday, the Gospel presents us Jesus' words on marriage. To the
question if it is lawful for a husband to repudiate his wife, as
established by a precept of the Mosaic law (cf. Deuteronomy 24:1),
he responded that it was a concession of Moses because of "hardness
of heart," while the truth about marriage goes back "to
the beginning of creation," when, as is written in Genesis,
God "made them male and female. For this reason a man shall
leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two
shall become one" (Mark 10:6-7; cf. Genesis 1:27; 2:24).
Jesus added: "So they are no longer two but one. What therefore
God has joined together, let not man put asunder" (Mark 10:8-9).
This was God's original plan, as the Second Vatican Council also
reminded in the constitution "Gaudium et Spes": "The
intimate partnership of married life and love has been established
by the Creator and qualified by his laws, and is rooted in the conjugal
covenant. ... For God himself is the author of matrimony" (No.
thought is directed to all Christian spouses: With them I thank
the Lord for the gift of the sacrament of marriage, and exhort them
to remain faithful to their vocation in each stage of life, "in
joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness," as they promised
in the sacramental rite.
Christian spouses, aware of the grace received, build a family open
to life and capable of facing together the numerous and complicated
challenges of our time. Their testimony is particularly necessary
today. Families are needed that do not let themselves be drawn by
modern cultural currents inspired by hedonism and relativism, and
that are willing to realize their mission in the Church and in society
with generous dedication.
the apostolic exhortation "Familiaris Consortio," the
Servant of God John Paul II wrote that the sacrament of marriage
"makes Christian married couples and parents witnesses of Christ
'to the end of the earth,' as authentic 'missionaries' of love and
life" (cf. No. 54). This mission is oriented both to the internal
life of the family -- especially in mutual service and in the education
of children -- as well as the external: the domestic community,
in fact, is called to be the sign of God's love to all. The family
can only fulfill this mission if it is supported by divine grace.
For this reason, it is necessary to pray tirelessly and to persevere
in the daily effort to keep the commitments assumed on the wedding
invoke the maternal protection of the Virgin and of Joseph her spouse
on all families, especially those going through difficulties. Mary,
Queen of the Family, pray for us!
the end of the Angelus, the Pope greeted pilgrims in several languages.
In English, he said:
warmly welcome the English-speaking pilgrims who are here today.
Throughout this month of October we remember in a special way Our
Blessed Lady. We ask for her prayers for our loved ones and for
ourselves. May her Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, bless
all of you during your stay in Rome.
OF THE SAINTS
St. Giles was born in Athens, Greece, in early times. When his parents died, he used the large fortune they left him to help the poor.
BLESSED JOHN DU LAU AND THE SEPTEMBER MARTYRS
Blessed John was the archbishop of Arles, France..
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT
St. Gregory was born in 540 in Rome. His father was a senator. His mother is a saint, St. Celia.
ST. ROSE OF VITERBO
St. Rose was born in 1235 in Viterbo, Italy. She lived at the time when Emperor Frederick had conquered land that belonged to the Church.
ST. LAWRENCE JUSTINIAN
St. Lawrence Justinian was born in Venice, Italy, in 1381.
Blessed Bertrand lived in the last half of the twelfth and first part of the thirteenth centuries.
BLESSED JOHN DUCKETT AND BLESSED RALPH CORBY
Blessed James Duckett studied at the English college of Douay and became a priest in 1639.
BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints.
ST. PETER CLAVER
St. Peter Claver, the Spanish priest of the Society of Jesus was born in 1580.
ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO
St. Nicholas was born in 1245 in Ancona, Italy. His parents had waited long and anxiously for a child.
BLESSED LOUIS OF THURINGIA
Blessed Loius, the German prince, lived during the last part of the twelfth and first part of the thirteenth centuries.
ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
St. John Chrysostom was born in Antioch around 344.
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Our Lady had many great joys as the mother of Jesus, but she had much to suffer, too.
ST. CORNELIUS AND ST. CYPRIAN
St. Cornelius, a holy priest of Rome, was elected Pope in 251. He accepted because he loved Christ.
ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE
St. Robert Bellarmine was born in Italy in 1542.
ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO
St. Joseph was born on June 17, 1603, in a small Italian village to poor parents.
St. Januarius lived in the fourth century. He was born either in Benevento or Naples, Italy.
ST. ANDREW KIM TAEGON AND ST. PAUL CHONG HASANG
St. Andrew Kim Taegon was a priest and St. Paul Chong Hasang was a lay person.
St. Matthew was a tax collector in the city of Capernaum, where Jesus was living.
ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA
St. Thomas was born in Spain in 1488.
St. Pacificus, a little Italian boy born in 1653 was named Charles Anthony. He was just five years old when his loving parents died.
St. Serguis, the famous Russian saint lived in the fourteenth century.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
St. Vincent de Paul, the son of poor French peasants, was born in 1581.
ST. LAWRENCE RUIZ AND COMPANIONS
St. Lawrence Ruiz, and his fifteen companions were killed for their faith in 1637, in Nagasaki, Japan.
ST. MICHAEL, ST. GABRIEL, ST. RAPHAEL
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are called "saints" because they are holy.
St. Jerome was a Roman Christian who lived in the fourth century.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?