Marriage is sacred, needs to be defended
Editor, the Advocate:
Marriage has been under attack since the 1960s. Since that time, there have been thousands of movies made that support infidelity, pornography and fornication. Only a handful have portrayed marriage and family as the beautiful and holy sacrament that it is.
Only a mother and a father can form a family by raising children, not two men or two women.
But the marriage of any couple is always threatened by sin. A couple may experience jealousy, infidelity, conflict and even separation. The culture bombards us with images of cohabitation, pornography and a sex-crazed media. Marriages struggle through economic difficulties, sickness and spiritual trials. Marriage is also threatened by quick, no-fault divorce (a communist Russian invention).
There are a number of values that help couples remain faithful in love and to their vocation. First is commitment: 'til death do us part! This is so important when the going gets rough. Second is closeness to Christ. Third is self-knowledge: know your strengths and weaknesses. Fourth is avoidance of temptation: Make it easy to be good and hard to be bad. Fifth: healthy communication in both words and actions. We need to develop intimacy with God, our spouse, our kids and our friends. Sixth: gratitude and forgiveness. There is a joy that comes from thankfulness, and learning to forgive and forget is a cardinal virtue.
Marriage is a wonderful vocation between one man and one woman. Let's not let others screw it up.
Laszlo Nemes, Victoria