31 July 2012

7/2 Time-out Tuesday....the vocation edition.

Thanks as always to our gracious host AOA

1) I know it's been a while since I've really discussed vocation things. I guess today would be a good day to start. As many of you know, I'm a former seminarian. As people also know, I don't really have a great ability to forget (let alone forgive) the things that happen to my person. However, here's food for thought...I remember a class during seminary where the priest asked "If your vocation was marriage, how many of you are ready to get married TODAY?" Me being very reserve in my own person did not answer aloud, but I did answer yes to that question. I had someone in mind when I thought of the question. I knew who it would be, where it would take place, the number of kids, and everything that goes with the sacrament of Marriage. I would be lying if this was the only time I thought about marriage during my time in seminary....

2) Marriage is the sacramental union between one man and one woman. Nothing else can be called marriage period. Love is the total gift of self for the sake of another. The ultimate example is the Cross, Jesus dying for our sins. Love involves BOTH the physical and the spiritual. To separate love from the act of pro-creation, would be creating a false love because it would not be the total gift of self for the sake of another. For the homosexual, the only thing that comes of physical acts is "pleasure." It ultimately is an act that is focused on the interior or of self, rather than for another....I've made a few videos in dealing with this subject and I've received my fair share of hate mail. Which reminds me, I probably should get back to making more videos....

3) I can't say that I fully agree with the terminology "falling in love." Rather, I believe more along the lines that love finds us, when we least expect it.  Often times it is said, that love is an emotional thing, which is necessary. The emotions that are attached to love are not necessary for love to exist. The emotions may be there, or they may not be there. Love is an act of the will. One can't love if one does not will such to happen. It can often be very difficult to will to love. But it is true that love does conquer all....and always will, the Cross is love.

7/2) So, what does this mean for me? Well, you'll just have to wait and see. Keeping people in suspense is much more fun :D....but I promise the suspense will not be THAT long....


  1. Very good, Joe. Keep building that suspense...it's how you keep readers!

    (Don't forget to link!)


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