Categories: HomiliesPublished On: August 13th, 2021Tags: , 281 words8.5 min read

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“Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”

I have helped many people reconcile differences in their marriage. I have helped many more seek and obtain an annulment of their marriage that ended in divorce. I know I cannot help everyone, but you often find yourself saying if we could have only talked earlier. Then I remember the couples that I thought that should have not gotten married, but their marriage worked. Others I thought would make great marriages never got past the first year.

I would suggest that we not say a marriage ‘failed’. That is too simple, and marriage is too complex. I do not think divorce due to irreconcilable differences is acceptable. That is more like saying we agree to disagree, which in essence means we will not talk.

We must all remember our first vocation. That is to be holy and walk humbly with God. This is the foundation for the vocations of marriage or religious life. If we do not have that foundation, then the other two vocations will not be fruitful of their own accord. Let us help one another with our respective vocations.

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen