Revealed: secrets to a successful marriage! With hundreds of titles on how to achieve marital bliss lining bookstore shelves, why does the divorce rate remain steady? One simple reason: Getting married is easy, staying married is not. Here, a canon lawyer draws on his experience with marriage tribunals and offers basic advice for a loving, lasting relationship.
The persecution of the Catholic faith is as old as the faith itself. But few Americans are aware of the scourge visited on the faithful in neighboring Mexico less than a century ago. When an atheist regime seized control of the government, closed churches, and exiled and murdered priests, the Cristeros took up arms to defend the Church and her people. The martyrs of Mexico ensured the future of the faith.
A notorious pro-choice advocate claims she “knows with every ounce of her being” that Catholics may disagree with Church teachings but still remain faithful. Her statement betrays a widespread—but mistaken —understanding of freedom of conscience. In fact, conscience is an interior, individual encounter with the voice of God, wherein we freely elect to follow his will.
"Love is not merely a sentiment," writes Pope Benedict in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. "A sentiment can be a marvelous first spark, but it is not the fullness of love. " The fullness of love requires that romantic love (eros) be purified by self-giving love ((agape). The Holy Father explains how God’s love for his people is the perfect union of eros and agape.
"Meg, I have borne a long time with thy husband; I have reasoned and argued with him in these points of religion, and still given to him my poor fatherly counsel, but I perceive none of all this able to call him home; and therefore, Meg, I will no longer dispute with him, but will clean give him over and get me to God and pray for him."
~ Sir Thomas More, Knight, Lord Chancellor of England, author and martyr; to his daughter Meg, regarding her husband, William Roper. To these prayers Roper attributed his return to the Faith; thereafter he was an ardent Catholic.