I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a groupie of Taylor Marshall. I do admire the guy for starting up his own business in the wake of the mess and demise of Fisher More College down in Texas. But beyond that, I’m pretty indifferent.
Anyway, today he posted a blog entitled, “10 Radical Ways Catholics Can Reclaim Marriage.”
It can be read here in its entirety. Most notably is number one:
Start using the term “Holy Matrimony” and always use that term. Yes, you don’t need permission. That’s capital H and capital M. Go there. The word “holy” is important and “matrimony” has its etymology in the Latin mater meaning “mother.” Matrimony brings about the procreation of babies and makes women into “mothers.” Holy Matrimony. Got it?
Being the father of three daughters, I also like this one:
Recapture Holy Matrimony as a church event and this means we need to distance ourselves from the pomp of the afterparty, flowers, cake, guests, etc. Holy Matrimony should feel more somber like a priestly ordination and less like a Quinceañera or debutant ball. Holy Matrimony is not a narcissistic parade for princesses and their mothers. It’s a sacrament. Reign it in.
It’s worth a read!
What would you add?
Sts. John the Baptist, Thomas More and Charles Lwonga, orate pro nobis.
Tomorrow all day and Friday 5/15 , one of my programs at work is having an internal then government Earned Value Management (EVM) surveillance. I ask you to implore St. Joseph Cupertino’s intercession. You can read about our saint here at New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08520b.htm The prayer for his intercession:
O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen.
Mr Coughlin (who writes the re-blogged blog post above) is an outside consultant and coach whom I’ve had the pleasure to hear on two different occasions at work. His sister died recently and although I have not met either of them, I’d ask you to pray for her repose.
That statement is both a bit overwhelming and totally surreal. I want to share a few more thoughts about her. These include private stories that I thought about not sharing. Then I thought they might help someone who is dealing with a very dangerous disease like her pancreatic cancer either in his or her own life or with a loved one.
As we heard in all the eulogies today and in all the comments from everyone at the wake and after the funeral mass today, Cathy cared about other people a great deal. I wish I could have tape recorded all the individual conversations I had with people over the past 36 hours and play them for you. Cathy was a case study in how to truly care about people in personal and professional situations.
However, there’s one other aspect of Cathy’s caring that…