In every Sacrament there is
the Presence of God. This Living Sacrament of Matrimony must find its source
in the fountain of Living Water, the Divine Presence, if it is to manifest
that Presence to the world. A couple, in Jesus, is a real witness of the
power of God in our midst. It is a concrete example of the life of the Trinity.
|Prayer and the Presence of God are necessary for the fruitful living of
every state in life, but how much more in those states that are themselves
a Sacrament! When we begin to live in the shadow of our own presence, our
world gets smaller, our views narrow, and our attitudes intensely self-centered.
Everything and everyone around us jars our nerves and sets our teeth on
edge. It isn't always this way because life is impossible, but because our
attitudes and selfishness narrow our perspectives, and our pain is concentrated
in the small area of our own private world. That intensity makes life unbearable,
the future bleak and the past a total failure. Any couple with these attitudes
cannot see good in anything that happens to them, much less anything good
in each other. Excuses for hatred, adultery, coldness and indifference abound
and are rationalized because the misery they feel seems so real and unavoidable.
The truth is that it Is real, but it is something that can be avoided and
used as rungs on the ladder of holiness.|
we realize that human frailties give us opportunities to choose between
acting like ourselves or acting like Jesus in any given situation, we begin
to see the necessity of responding with love instead of reacting with uncontrolled
The virtues of patience, love, gentleness,
fortitude, faithfulness, trust and self-control are not easy to acquire
except through the power of the Spirit living in us. These are "decision"
virtues - products of our will choosing to be the opposite of any bad feeling
welling up within us. When we must fight against the evil tendencies within
us on a daily basis, our souls become weary of the effort, our will lags
and our determination weakens. Perseverance becomes difficult and the reality
of this struggle going on for years paralyzes our soul into spiritual inertia.
How can a soul reach for peace and joy and everything
it longs to be unless that soul places itself within the Presence that ever
surrounds and penetrates its being? To consistently be unaware of that Presence
is to be a cube of ice in the midst of a fire. Once the soul yields itself
to that Presence as one who is in need of everything, it begins to absorb
the beautiful qualities of that Divine Presence. Faults, weaknesses and
temperament clashes begin to melt away. Root causes become exposed and are
cut away, leaving room for new healthy growth.
In every Sacrament there is the Presence of God. This Living Sacrament
of Matrimony must find its source in the fountain of Living Water, the Divine
Presence, if it is to manifest that Presence to the world. A couple, in
Jesus, is a real witness of the power of God in our midst. It is a concrete
example of the life of the Trinity.