Marriage and Salvation

Click to read a Catholic News Agency story about Our Holy Father’s recent comments on marriage as an instrument of salvation.

Here is an excerpt from the article, reminding us of the valuable role that marriage and family play in drawing umarriages closer to virtue and salvation:

“‘Marriage is truly an instrument of salvation, not only for married people but for the whole of society,’ he underscored.

“He went on to explain that ‘like any worthwhile goal,’ it is demanding, challenging and calls us to sacrifice for the good of another while also inviting us to “nurture and protect the gift of new life.’

“The stable family, the Holy Father added, is the ‘first and most fundamental school for virtuous living and the qualities of good citizenship.’”

Our Holy Father comments on the digital world

Check out this article from the Catholic News Agency about Pope Benedict’s comments on the Church’s need to “humanize” the digital world.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

movie pic“But, in order to achieve this kind of goal, media and technology must ‘focus on promoting the dignity of persons and peoples, they need to be clearly inspired by charity and placed at the service of truth, of the good, and of natural and supernatural fraternity.’”

“Ultimately, the ‘indispensable mission of the Church,’ and the task of all believers working in the media, is to ‘open the door to new forms of encounter, maintaining the quality of human interaction, and showing concern for individuals and their genuine spiritual needs. They can thus help the men and women of our digital age to sense the Lord’s presence…’”

Where is your heart as you enter Holy Week?

Have you prepared yourself to enter Holy Week? Here are some beautiful words from our Holy Father to reflect on as we approach the Easter Triduum. His comments should help you gauge where your heart is as you enter this holy time of year…

“In reality, here we discover divine justice, which is so profoundly different from its human counterpart. God has paid for us the price of the exchange in His Son, a price that is truly exorbitant. Before the justice of the Cross, man may rebel for this reveals how man is not a self-sufficient being, but in need of Another in order to realize himself fully. Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one’s own need – the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship” (Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2010).

Have you relied on God to transform your heart this Lent? It’s never too late to rely on His love and mercy.

Have a blessed Holy Week, from CatholicsComeHome.org.