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Papal Preacher: Time to Reintroduce Marriage

ROME — Vatican Radio reported that the Preacher of the Pontifical Household, Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., on Friday preached a spiritual reflection on marriage in the presence of the Pope and his associates. Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM, Cap., focused primarily on the treatment of marriage and the family in the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes‘ (“On the Church in the Modern World”).

Acknowledging that most of his immediate audience does not live in the married state, Cantalamessa said it is nonetheless important that they recognize and understand the challenges facing married couples and families in the modern world.

After examining God’s plan for marriage as it is found in the Bible, and investigating its current relevance, Fr. Cantalamessa proposed that plan as an ideal to be rediscovered by Christians. “Not less important than the duty of defending the biblical ideal of marriage and family is the duty for Christians to rediscover and live that ideal fully in such a way as to reintroduce it into the world by deeds more than by words.” In saying this, he expressed the mission of the Marriage Reality Movement.

Father Cantalamessa concluded his sermon by observing that both consecrated religious and married people help one another to understand God’s plan for humankind. “In the Christian community, consecrated people and married people are able to ‘edify one another’,” he said. “Spouses are reminded by consecrated people of the primacy of God and of what is eternal; they are introduced to love for the word of God by those who can better deepen and ‘break it open’ for lay people. But consecrated people can also learn something from married people as well. They can learn generosity, self-forgetfulness, service to life, and often a certain ‘humaneness’ that comes from their difficult engagement with the realities of life.”

Read this important reflection in Marriage and Family in Gaudium et Spes and Today.