This is the season of weddings for my wife and me, beginning with our oldest son’s, and including those of our god-daughter, children of life-long friends, and former students. There is nothing like celebrating a wedding when you are full of hope that this marriage is beginning in love and faith and understanding, and will bring great fruit for the Church and the world. I am very grateful to all the academic communities which have helped form these young people — in our case, Calvert home schooling, Mother of Divine Grace homeschool, St. Augustine Academy and Thomas Aquinas College.
While on the topic of fruitful marriages, I am again impressed by the wonderful way the Holy Father has of saying just what we people in the pews need to hear: “It might be better, more comfortable to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or is this not? Have you seen it,” the Pope asked. “Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fruitful, it does not do what Jesus does with his Church: He makes His Church fruitful.”