Keep your eyes
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April 27, 2015
(1Co 6:9-11) Know
you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not
err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: Nor the
effeminate nor liers with mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor
drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of
God. And such some of you were. But you are washed: but you are
sanctified: but you are justified: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the Spirit of our God.
AUDIO SANCTO: Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner
ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON: On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness by Msgr. Charles Pope
Jesus light of the world, please
help me to fear and detest the darkness. Help me to love the light and
be shocked and disoriented by the darkness. May I never be able to
navigate its shadows or find the twilight a happy medium. Only the
light of you, pure, dear Lord, only light. May all else depress,
disorient, and cause me to despise it without compromise. In Jesus’
CRISIS MAGAZINE: The Case Against Same-Sex “Marriage”
EXCERPT DESMOINESREGISTER: Court’s same-sex marriage ruling to define our time
On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in
Obergefell v. Hodges, perhaps the most important civil rights case in a
The court will consider whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires
states to license, or at least to recognize, marriages between couples
of the same sex. If the justices answer yes, then the federal
government will require all states to accept same-sex marriage, even
where it is strongly opposed.
If they answer no, then states where it is now legal but unpopular will
be able to re-illegalize such unions, causing immense legal and
financial uncertainty for same-sex couples living there. The ruling
will, in either case, define our epoch as Plessy v. Ferguson and Roe v.
Wade define theirs.
The story begins in 2013 with Ohio couple James Obergefell and John
Arthur. They had been together for twenty years, but now Arthur was
dying of ALS, and they wished to marry while they had time. Because
same-sex marriage is illegal in Ohio, they flew to Maryland. Arthur was
so weak that the ceremony was performed on board the airplane while it
sat on the Maryland tarmac. When Arthur died three months later, Ohio
refused to recognize Obergefell as his legal spouse on the death
certificate. He sued, and the case eventually made it to the Supreme
Court. It is the leading item in a set of four same-sex marriage
petitions to be heard on Tuesday.
EXCERPT CATHOLICPHILLY: Definition of marriage in America at stake in Supreme Court’s rulings
In agreeing in January to take the cases, the Supreme Court said it would consider two constitutional questions:
— Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
— Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage
between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully
licensed and performed out of state?
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed a brief arguing that the
state laws limiting marriage of heterosexual couples should be upheld.
The first reason the USCCB cites is that “as a matter of simple
biology, the sexual union of one man and one woman is the only union
capable of creating new life,” and that homes with a father and a
mother are the optimal environment for children. It said it is
“reasonable and just” for states to treat heterosexual marriages as
having more value than other kinds of relationships.
“Government support for a marital bond between mothers and fathers
serves the interest of reducing, or preventing further increases in,
the incidence of single parenthood and the consequent burdens it places
upon the custodial parent (usually the mother) and the public,” it said.
The USCCB also argues that laws permitting same-sex marriages redefine
the traditional definition of marriage and would “needlessly create
church-state conflict for generations to come.”
March For Marriage 2015: Organizers Say 10,000 Turned Out For Anti-Gay-Marriage Demonstration
Key briefs in Supreme Court's same-sex marriage case
NPR PODCAST: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Sober
A hermit said, 'When the donkey's eyes are covered it walks round the
mill-wheel. If you uncover its eyes, it will not go on walking in the
circle. So if the devil succeeds in covering a man's eyes, he leads him
into every kind of sin. But if the man's eyes are uncovered, he can
more easily escape.'
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