Fwd: Day 180 - Are all people called to marriage? // How is a Church wedding celebrated?


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Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 7:54 AM
Subject: Day 180 - Are all people called to marriage? // How is a Church wedding celebrated?
To: Bill Coffin <billcoffin68@gmail.com>


Why is marriage indissoluble? Not everyone is called to marriage. Even people who live alone can have fulfillment in life. To many of them Jesus shows a special way; he invites them to remain unmarried "for the sake of the...
 
     
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Why is marriage indissoluble?

Not everyone is called to marriage. Even people who live alone can have fulfillment in life. To many of them Jesus shows a special way; he invites them to remain unmarried "for the sake of the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 19:12). Many people who live alone suffer from loneliness, which they perceive only as a lack and a disadvantage. Yet a person who does not have to care for a spouse or a family also enjoys freedom and independence and has time to do meaningful and important things that a married person would never get to. Maybe it is God's will that he should care for people for whom no one else cares. Not uncommonly God even calls such a person to be especially close to him. This is the case when one senses a desire to renounce marriage "for the sake of the kingdom of heaven". Of course a Christian vocation can never mean despising marriage or sexuality. Voluntary celibacy can be practiced only in love and out of love, as a powerful sign that God is more important than anything else. The unmarried person renounces a sexual relationship but not love; full of longing he goes out to meet Christ the bridegroom who is coming (Mt 25:6).


How is a Church wedding celebrated?

As a rule a wedding must take place publicly. The bride and bridegroom are questioned as to their intention to marry. The priest or the deacon blesses their rings. The bride and bridegroom exchange rings and mutually promise "to be true in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health" and vow to each other: "I will love you and honor you all the days of my life." The celebrant ratifies the wedding and administers the blessing. Here are some excerpts from one form of the Rite of Catholic Marriage: Celebrant: N. and N., have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?" Bride and bridegroom: "Yes." Celebrant: "Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?" Bride and bridegroom: "Yes." The celebrant then asks the bride and bridegroom together the following questions. "Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?" Bride and bridegroom: "Yes." (YOUCAT Questions 265-266)


Dig Deeper: CCC section (1621-1624) and other references here.

Check out the incredible series on marriage from the Augustine Institute, Beloved. With both a marriage prep and a marriage enrichment component, it's perfect for both the soon to be married and the married for years!

 
 




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Fwd: Day 179 - Why is marriage indissoluble? // What threatens marriages?


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Date: Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 7:53 AM
Subject: Day 179 - Why is marriage indissoluble? // What threatens marriages?
To: Bill Coffin <billcoffin68@gmail.com>


Why is marriage indissoluble? Marriage is triply indissoluble: first, because the essence of love is mutual self-giving without reservation; second, because it is an image of God's unconditional faithfulness to his creation; and...
 
     
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Why is marriage indissoluble?

Marriage is triply indissoluble: first, because the essence of love is mutual self-giving without reservation; second, because it is an image of God's unconditional faithfulness to his creation; and third, because it represents Christ's devotion to his Church, even unto death on the Cross.

At a time when 50 percent of marriages in many places end in divorce, every marriage that lasts is a great sign - ultimately a sign for God. On this earth, where so much is relative, people ought to believe in God, who alone is absolute. That is why everything that is not relative is so important: someone who speaks the truth absolutely or is absolutely loyal. Absolute fidelity in marriage is not so much a human achievement as it is a testimony to the faithfulness of God, who is there even when we betray or forget him in so many ways. To be married in the Church means to rely more on God's help than on one's own resources of love.

What threatens marriages?

What really threatens marriages is sin; what renews them is forgiveness; what makes them strong is prayer and trust in God's presence.

Conflict between men and women, which sometimes reaches the point of mutual hatred in marriages, of all places, is not a sign that the sexes are incompatible; nor is there such a thing as a genetic disposition to infidelity or some special psychological disability for lifelong commitments. Many marriages, however, are endangered by a lack of communication and consideration. Then there are economic and societal problems. The decisive role is played by the reality of sin: envy, love of power, a tendency to quarrel, lust, infidelity, and other destructive forces. That is why forgiveness and reconciliation, in confession as well, is an essential part of every marriage. (YOUCat questions 263-264)


Dig Deeper: CCC section (1612-1617) and other references here.

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Fwd: Day 178 - What is necessary for a Christian, sacramental marriage?


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Subject: Day 178 - What is necessary for a Christian, sacramental marriage?
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What is necessary for a Christian, sacramental marriage? A sacramental marriage has three necessary elements: (a) free consent, (b) the affirmation of a life- long, exclusive union, and (c) openness to children. The most profound...
 
     
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What is necessary for a Christian, sacramental marriage?

A sacramental marriage has three necessary elements: (a) free consent, (b) the affirmation of a life- long, exclusive union, and (c) openness to children. The most profound thing about a Christian marriage, however, is the couple's knowledge: "We are a living image of the love between Christ and the Church."

The requirement of unity and indissolubility is directed in the first place against polygamy, which Christianity views as a fundamental offense against charity and human rights; it is also directed against what could be called "successive polygamy", a series of non-binding love affairs that never arrive at one, great, irrevocable commitment. The requirement of marital fidelity entails a willingness to enter a lifelong union, which excludes affairs outside the marriage. The requirement of open- ness to fertility means that the Christian married couple are willing to accept any children that God may send them. Couples who remain childless are called by God to become "fruitful" in some other way. A marriage in which one of these elements is excluded at the mar- riage ceremony is not valid. (YOUCAT question 262)


Dig Deeper: CCC section (1644-1654) and other references here.

What exactly does the Church teach about marriage, divorce and Holy Communion? Get the scoop from five cardinals in Remaining in the Truth of Christ. You'll be glad you've read it once the Synod of the Family arrives this fall!

 
 




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Fwd: ACF Region VI Fatherhood, Healthy Relationship, Marriage and Family Self-Sufficiency Information


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Date: Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Subject: ACF Region VI Fatherhood, Healthy Relationship, Marriage and Family Self-Sufficiency Information
To: "McDowell, Larry (ACF)" <larry.mcdowell@acf.hhs.gov>


 

Dear Dad: A Father's Day Letter

 

 

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The First Ever State of the World’s Fathers

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This information is being shared with you for your use as a resource and for informational purposes.  Links, such as these, are being provided to our community partners to help one better understand what strategies various organizations are using to nurture healthy relationships, families, fatherhood  and otherwise support the various ACF family self-sufficiency  initiatives.  Reference in this email to any specific commercial products, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). ACF is not responsible for the contents of any "off-site" web page referenced from this server or from private, third-party, pop-up, or browser-integrated software or applications.

 

 

 

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Fwd: Fathering Kemp Video content you can post and utilize

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Date: Jun 17, 2015 12:11 PM
Subject: Fwd: Fathering Kemp Video content you can post and utilize
To: "Bill Coffin" <billcoffin68@gmail.com>
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Bill,

If you want to post any of the following 1 minute videos on websites or social media, this week or at other times you are welcome to.
See their purpose and content written out below:

Jeff
Jeff Kemp  
  

Here are links for you to use if you so choose:

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End in mind:  Stir the heart of dads and people toward their dads.  Get moms and dads to spread this around for encouragement and to get facing the blitz for fathers day gift

1.  FATHERS, START THE HEALING

Most all of us have a father wound of some sort or another, especially in our society with so many missing dads and fragmented families.  Admitting that pain is the first step to moving past it.   As soon as we do that, we can do something about it.  I learned a lot about this from my former team mate on the Seattle Seahawks, Steve Largent.  Steve's dad divorced his mom and left the family when Steve was little.  For years Steve buried the pain of the wound and channeled it into his heroic work ethic and football success.  Bitterness was natural...and it only increased when his dad, who had been painfully absent for decades, finally reached out to Steve one year when the Seahawks made the playoffs.  His dad wanted tickets.  Steve was hurt and bitter.  But, Steve's faith in Jesus compelled him to keep growing as a person, and that meant healing relationships.  Finally, a couple years later Steve initiated the healing.  He approached his dad and took the road less travelled.  He actually apologized to his dad for his own shortcomings and lack of respect as a son.  His dad apologized as well and a father son relationship started healing from the wounds of the past.  Don't wait for your dad or son to apologize.  Lead the way with an apology for anything on your end.  Choose to forgive and start anew today.   Face your blitz.    HONOR YOUR FATHER TODAY      HonorYourFatherToday.com               FacingTheBlitz.com


2.  DAD IN THE OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT

We never went to the Super Bowl when I was on the Seattle Seahawks.  Years after I retired they made their first trip to the Super Bowl.  And I made it a special father-son trip for my 3rd son Kolby and me.  We jumped on a United flight to Detroit and pretty soon were fascinated by two fanatical Seahawk fans.  These two young men were brothers in their late 20s.  They were so hyper excited I asked them why they loved the Seahawks so much.  They told me it was their dad.  He'd taken them to every home game when they were little, and they'd watched all the away games on TV.  It was obvious they were gung ho about their dad and crazy about the Seahawks. They gushed that they couldn't be more excited to be going to the Super Bowl, and bringing their dad.  "Cool...where is he?", I asked.  "Oh, He's in the overhead compartment.  We have his ashes in a blue and green urn up there."        Dad's you only have a few years to build a passionate bond with your kids.  You'll probably find a different way than their dad in the blue and green urn did...but you gotta do it.  Be intentional.  Be energetic.  Be enthusiastic.  Find out what they love and build traditions and memories together!    HONOR YOUR FATHER TODAY     HonorYourFatherToday.com                  FacingTheBlitz.com

3.  NO REGRETS...JUST HONESTY

Dads, I want to thank and encourage you.  Don't beat yourself up over the past.  Decide to do your best from this day forward.  Try this game plan.  First, realize that your imperfect dad probably did the best he could with what he had.  Set yourself free and forgive Him.  Next, remember you have a perfect heavenly father, who's love for you is so radical and unconditional that He sacrificed His perfect Son to pay the death penalty that you and I deserve.  Accept that love.  Now, start the healing with your dad if he's alive.  Ignore your dad's faults and initiate an apology to him.  Don't expect any apology in return.  Next, apologize to your kids for where you have fallen short, or missed the mark as a their dad.  Maybe you have not been present, you've not been engaged, you've not been transparent or honest with them.  Maybe you haven't hugged and said "I love you" much.  Get started.  Maybe you haven't given the boundaries and training and protection they needed.  Tell them your faults.  Tell them your love.  Start to do your best, today.  You are the best dad in the world to your child...from this day forward.    GET TOGETHER WITH SOME GUYS, YOUR TEEN or OLDER SON and GO THROUGH STEPPING UP, THE CALL TO COURAGEOUS MANHOOD      MenSteppingUp.com              FacingTheBlitz.com

4.  WILL DADDY BE AT MY WHOLE BIRTHDAY PARTY

My wife and I organized a cool backyard birthday party for our 5 year old son Kolby.  I ran all the outdoor games and relay races.  I had them crawling under army camoflage netting, flopping over hammocks and running around obstacles.  It was serious boy fun.
About half way thru the party though, I had to hug Kolby goodbye, rush in the house, grab my pre packed suitcase and head off to the airport for a speech.    Half a year later, with no prompting and out of the blue, Kolby posed a question he had been pondering to my wife Stacy.
"Mommy, when I have my birthday party this year, will daddy be there for the whole party?"        Dads... We don't have to be there all the time, or at everything event.  But we do need to know how much it matters to them!  We need to keep our word and make the special efforts.
You are the only dad they have and you are a champion to them.  Be honest, Be real, be present, be intentional.  Dads, I honor you and the huge impact you make.    TEAM UP WITH SOME OTHER DADS AND GO THROUGH STEPPING UP, OR CONTACT US SO WE CAN HELP YOU BE THE GREAT DAD GOD DESIGNED     MenSteppingUp.com            FacingTheBlitz.com

5.  HONOR YOUR DAD, ALWAYS IMPROVE
good and not so good about Jeff's dad.  and not so good in Jeff.  Keep learning.   Honor Your Father and Keep investing in your kids.
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