Saturday, January 20, 2007

"His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye". John 2:5

This gentle, motherly admonition of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is for the advantage of those who think seriously about marriage. It should be also kept in minds of those who are already married, for in our times, the Sacrament of marriage is so often carelessly and easily profaned. Marriage is the union of man and woman for the purpose of procreation and is the root of all mankind. If the root will become rotten, the whole tree will suffer. Christ himself proclaims the simple law of inheritance: "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit." Matt 7:17. But ever so often people get into married life as if they were entering a funfair - with no serious plans nor responsibilities, and most importantly without prayer. Who does remember now that sins committed before marriage contributes heavily to marriage misery due to want of God's blessing. No matter how many tears are shed later on - all in vain and too late. Why there are so many unhappy marriages? Because the knots were tied recklessly and in the darkness of sin. It would be reasonable to keep in mind always the admonition: "Be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers." 1P 4:7. It is also prudent to see marriage as a step to happiness or to temporal and eternal misery. Those considering marriage should first have a humble and serious recourse to Our Lady to obtain her blessing and listen to the beautiful words of the young couple, Tobias and Sara: "For we are the children of saints, and we must not be joined together like heathens that know not God." Tob 8:5.