As Christ loved the Church

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Day 5 Intercession

For an end to domestic violence

Prayer for Broken Families (Kevin Nelles)

God our healer, we lift up to you in prayer all families who are divided or broken by human failure.

We ask that you draw forth the pains caused by divorce, infidelity, abandonment, and selfishness, as one draws out a poison, and begin the healing that is needed in the hearts of your people.

May the households of humanity be places of reconciliation, forgiveness, and peace.

Lord, restore broken relationships, inspire forgiveness in the wronged, and heal the restlessness and inner pains of those affected by familial brokenness to pray at all times for your will to be done, both now and in the future.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, by whose own wounds we are healed.

Amen.

Quotes of the Day

From The Biblical Vision of Marriage, Part 4

The view of a woman being subordinate and inferior to man is a result of the fall and a consequence of sin. The Holy Father refers to that as a disturbance of that original relationship between the man and woman….

…Man is not the true and living image of God when he abuses physically, emotionally; when there is an abuse of power; when there is ridicule of women; when he lauds the fact that he is a man over a woman; when he objectifies women. That is not a man living out his true authentic manhood, being made in the image and likeness of God.

From Love and Responsibility: Beyond the Sexual Urge
by
Pope Saint John Paul II

A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.

The person—especially a woman—may be disillusioned by the fact that over time a man’s affection turns out to be only, so to speak, a cover for desire or even for an explicit will to use. Both a woman and a man may be disillusioned by the fact that the values attributed to the beloved person turn out to be fiction. Because of the dissonance between the ideal and the reality, affective love is sometimes not only extinguished but even transformed into affective hatred.

Scripture of the Day
Ephesians 5:21–33:  a most misunderstood and abused scripture passage

Wives and Husbands.

Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So [also] husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

“For this reason a man shall leave [his] father and [his] mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.

Questions of the Day

  • Husbands and wives, do you know why God called you together?
  • Does the biblical vision of marriage have anything to offer us today?
  • What does it mean for women to be a female person made in the image of God?
  • What does an authentic feminine presence in the world look like?
  • Is it a sin to divorce a spouse who is physically and emotionally abusive, after many attempts at resolving the behavior in couple’s therapy have failed? Catholic Answer

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