Holy Family

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Feast of Saint Ignatius of Laconi

Good morning. In today’s Gospel Jesus clearly reveals that He is from the Father and He offers to us the perfect example of humility. Pope Benedict XVI in his Papal Encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love) offers an explanation of this perfect example of humility offered to us by Christ. He says that “The one who serves does not consider himself superior to the one served, however miserable his situation at the moment may be. Christ took the lowest place in the world—the Cross—and by this radical humility he redeemed us and constantly comes to our aid.” In a happy and healthy marriage we readily see this type of love and humility carried out on a regular basis. In the Sacrament of Marriage this gift of love is mutually exchanged, there is a mutual giving one to the other. In this example of humility given to us by Our Savior in His giving of Himself totally on the cross, and clearly in His words to us in today’s Gospel, “not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” we are able to see that we are called to do what we can and to entrust all else to Our Creator. Humility when lived out within a marital relationship is a reflection of that self-giving modeled for us by Christ and is probably the most important element toward being able to have a happy and lasting marriage. In order to have a lasting and fulfilling marriage it is crucial that we learn to live for the ‘we’ of the relationship versus the ‘me’ in the relationship. The inability to prioritize the ‘we’ of the relationship is the number one cause of divorce. Give the gift of yourself today. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Ignatius of Laconi.

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