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The Marriage Meme of Francis: What Did the Pope Just Say about Marriage and Family?

By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 11/20/2014, Catholic Online
The family is the foundation of
co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation.
Children have a right to
grow up in a family with
a father and a mother - Pope Francis

Pope Francis embraces the unchangeable truth about marriage as solely between one man and one woman, intended for life, open to life and formative of family as the sole Meme - using the word properly.  That is why you will not read much about the crystal clear teaching which was recently given by Pope Francis at the opening address of a conference on the complementarity of man and woman. The conference was sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and other curial groups.
 Here is Pope Francis on Marriage, Family and the Right of children to a mother and father:
"In our day, marriage and the family are in crisis. We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
"Evidence is mounting that the decline of the marriage culture is associated with increased poverty and a host of other social ills, disproportionately affecting women, children and the elderly. It is always they who suffer the most in this crisis.

"The crisis in the family has produced crisis of human ecology, for social environments, like natural environments, need protection.
"And although the human race has come to understand the need to address
conditions that menace our natural environments, we have been slower to recognize that our fragile social environments are under threat as well, slower in our culture, and also in our Catholic Church. It is therefore essential that we foster a new human ecology and advance it.
"It is necessary first to promote the fundamental pillars that govern a nation: its non-material goods. The family is the foundation of co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation. Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child's development and emotional maturity."
"That is why I stressed in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium that the contribution of marriage to society is "indispensable"; that it "transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple" (n. 66). And that is why I am grateful
to you for your Colloquium's emphasis on the benefits that marriage can provide to children, the spouses themselves, and to society. 
"In these days, as you embark on a reflection on the beauty of complementarity between man and woman in marriage, I urge you to lift up yet another truth about marriage:
that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity, and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart. Let us bear in mind especially the young people, who represent our future.
"It is important that they do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern: this must be done.
"With regard to this I want to say one thing: Let us not fall into the trap of being qualified by ideological concepts.
"Family is an anthropological fact - a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it with concepts of an ideological nature, that are relevant only in a single moment of history, and then pass by. We can't speak today of a conservative notion of family or a progressive notion of family: Family is family! It can't be qualified by ideological notions. Family has a strength of its own [per se]."
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Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014  

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Jesus Loves Me

 But God proves his love for us in that while we were
still sinners Christ died for us.-Romans 5:8,usccb.org

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in
a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to
preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one
faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.-Ephesians 4:1-6,usccb.org
be imitators of God,
beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and
handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant
aroma.-Ephesians 5:1-2,usccb.org

Week 1 of Advent

Sunday, November 30th, First Sunday of Advent
Prayer for the Advent Wreath
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.   He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.  He is the Savior of us all.  O Lord, let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.  May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ's promise of salvation.  May He come quickly and not delay.  We ask this in His holy name. Amen.
We light a advent candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master. The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile.  The Lord will come soon, will not delay. The Lord will make the darkest places bright.  We must capture that urgency today in the small flame of our candle. We light the candle because we know that the coming of Christ is tied to our building of the kingdom. Lighting the flame, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, reconciling the divided, praying for the repentant, greeting the lonely and forgotten – doing all these works hastens His coming.-ewtn

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Advent "The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for "coming" and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent always contains four Sundays, beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, (November 30) and continuing until December 24. It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the Bethlehem event."-ewtn


Father in Heaven,
Thank you for your many blessings and graces,
Those we’re aware of and the many we take for granted.
Thank you for the food on our table,
For the roof over our heads,
For the love of good friends and family,
For the beauty in the world around us,
For your faithful friendship.
Make us lovers of truth and justice,
Give us compassionate hearts for
The poor, the forgotten, and the lonely.
Help us to remember that in serving the
Suffering, we serve your Son
Who gave his life for us.
Watch over us, Father, this Thanksgiving Day.
Keep us in your heart. Guide us and be with
Us all the days of our earthly lives.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Visit our Calendar page for videos on: 
Fr. Robert Barron on The Spirituality of Advent, Fr. Robert Barron on The Advent Revolution, Daily Advent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron, Defining Thankfulness & The Thanksgiving Song

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God’s Call

It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.-usccb.org 


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