We are commanded to allow God to first love us; to be loved. The overflow of that infinite love is the lifeblood by which we are to live every aspect of our lives. In marriage, the fruit of that love is children. The sacramental bond brings with it graces specific to the couple and family that enable them to live out God’s will within their domestic church.
Our union with God is critical to living out our vocation because it is our vocation.
Putting ourselves in the Gospel scene of doubting Thomas, our ‘take’ on it might be strikingly different from the popular (and disparaging) view of this Holy apostle. He had shown great fidelity and courage. God is wanting to give us that same courageous fidelity and these troubling times are actually the gift of opportunity for us to grow. . It is built by intentional small choices made throughout the day Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Twenty-five years ago, a Catholic parish in Arizona had a conundrum serving its mostly immigrant farm-working community. As the immigrants travel the circuit, their children are not in place long enough to be properly educated, including religious education. Two nuns asked a local farmer for permission to use his barn to give religion class to the children while their parents worked, to which he agreed. It eventually morphed to nuns coming back in the evenings to catechize the adults as well. This is the way of proper Catholic action, people helping one another. We have lost sight of this as our vision is distracted by a polarized mentality fueled by the media. It is a heritage and a freedom we risk losing altogether.
It is important that we take part in public discourse promoting the intrinsic value of life at all stages and ages from conception to natural death. However, that discourse needs to be the outcome of a lived faith. A lived faith is one that changes us, the believers.