Holy Family

Holy Family

Friday, October 7, 2011

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Good morning. We live in a culture where people frequently refer to the “common good.” Which I suppose is a good thing, but in some instances that common good is defined as what works for a given individual or sub-group. Often the common good can be so narrowly defined that instead of drawing people together it drives them apart. Increasingly there has developed a cultural mindset of individualism and selfishness—‘It’s all about me!’ We are reminded in today’s Gospel of the end result of such selfishness. “And house will fall against house.” This can be witnessed so clearly in current day marriages where personal desires and selfishness drives a wedge into the marriage and divides the house. Selfishness and looking to one’s personal desires instead of the common good can quickly erode the bond between a couple, and instead of serving one another and working together the focus turns to what I am getting out of this versus what we are getting out of the marriage. In marriage we need to look beyond what we may be getting out of it. We need to be willing to love even when it seems it is unilateral, we need to choose to love even when we’re not necessarily “in love” with our partner. Loving someone when they perhaps are less than lovable will lead the other to being lovable again. So, instead of looking to what’s in this for me, let’s ask ourselves what’s in this for us. Make a great day!

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. May we come to follow the example of our Blessed Lady of the Rosary and live unselfish and holy lives.

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