Culture changes, because new generations react to the culture of the older generation, and new situations present new decisions and new social experiments. Technology is amplifying this ever-changing nature of culture. Connectedness to others — to people we would not have access to without today’s technology, exposes us to cultural pressures that want us to adopt worldly ideas of good versus bad and to forsake the teachings of the Catholic Church.
No matter what the culture says, there is one constant that never changes: God. His nature. His love. His truth. His ways of living and loving. Jesus said, “There is only One who is good” (see Matthew 19:16-22).
Jesus never preached that we can give ourselves to God partly, according to whatever is convenient for us. He said we must give our whole heart to God, our whole lives, our whole self. And since marriage is a reflection of our relationship with God, we are also commanded to give our whole heart and our whole life to our spouse (see Ephesians 5). He never watered down his message to accommodate cultural pressures.
This is good news! — despite what the secular culture calls it, because God truly is Love, and as the Greatest Lover, he wants what’s best for us. So, to make it possible for us to live in what he calls good, he promises the help of supernatural grace to all who desire to follow his ways wholeheartedly. The grace he provides within marriage is especially abundant, because he wants our marriages to be living testimonies to the world about what his love is really like.
One of the opening prayers for the Catholic Mass is:
O God, who have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love,
so that, loving you in all things and above all things,
we may attain your promises,
which surpass every human desire.
This is a powerful prayer for couples to use together daily.
- What cultural pressures have I been exposed to that I’m accepting as good, even though it contradicts Church teachings?
- What has my sweetheart done that reveals God’s true nature?
Strengthen your relationship:
Name the moments of grace that you have witnessed in your relationship. Describe evidence that God is providing grace. Finish by praying the above prayer together. Add to it whatever comes from your hearts.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries