January 9, 2014 A View from the Rectory Window

As we anticipate Valentine’s Day, I share with you one man’s:

Secret to a Happy Marriage

A couple was celebrating their Golden wedding anniversary. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town. A local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage.

“Well, it dates back to our honeymoon,” explained the husband. “We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by pack mule. We hadn’t gone too far when my wife’s mule stumbled.

My wife quietly said ‘That’s once.’

We proceeded a little further when the mule stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly said, ‘That’s twice.’

We hadn’t gone a half-mile when the mule stumbled a third time. My wife promptly removed a revolver from her purse and shot the mule.

I started to protest over her treatment of the mule when she looked at me and quietly said, “That’s once.”

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Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race. His hand has inscribed the vocation to marriage in the very nature of man and woman (see Gn 1:27-28, 2:21-24).

Jesus Christ has not only restored the original blessing in its fullness but elevated it by making marriage between baptized Christians a sacramental sign of his own love for the Church.

While marriage is a special blessing for Christians because of the grace of Christ, marriage is also a natural blessing and gift for everyone in all times and cultures. It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life. Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family.

This weekend, I am mindful of so many couples in our parish family who are living in fidelity to their marital commitment. I thank you for proclaiming in your daily lives the beauty, goodness, and truth of marriage. In countless ways, both ordinary and heroic, through good times and bad, you bear witness to the gift and blessing you have received from the hand of their Creator.

May that same hand bless you always,

Father Pete