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Holding on to the beauty of marriage

May 9, 2012

photo: The marriage of Joseph and Mary by Walwyn

North Carolina yesterday passed a state constitution amendment that prohibits same sex marriage. Is it a surprise that 61% bipartisan voted to keep the definition of marriage between that of a man and a woman?

One is bombarded by the media, Hollywood glitterati, academics with a leftist bent, homosexuals (their stories I empathize with), that same sex marriage is freedom and progress [insert your choice of noun describing utopia where are all is milk and honey and everyone pays no taxes]. Their demand is usually accompanied with polls reflecting the American people now–more than ever–are for same sex marriage.

However, every time the American people head to the voting booths the results show otherwise. And yet advocates for same sex marriage keep pulling out the worn out polls; statistics; studies; and personal anecdotes from their pocket to prove objective reality wrong. A sad sight to behold because you know they are hurting but their hearts are hardened away from listening to the eternal truth, the Logos, that actually sets one free. And so I shed a tear of joy and thanksgiving that human beings still hold on to Beauty, with her sisters Truth and Goodness, in the sacredness of marriage.

As the debate continues, reason with faith, channeling into hope, will triumph over mere theatrics of same sex marriage proponents. As Pope Benedict XVI points out in his encyclical Spe Salvi:

“[I]ndeed, reason is God’s great gift to man, and the victory of reason over unreason is also a goal of the Christian life. But when does reason truly triumph? When it is detached from God? When it has become blind to God? Is the reason behind action and capacity for action the whole of reason? If progress, in order to be progress, needs moral growth on the part of humanity, then the reason behind action and capacity for action is likewise urgently in need of integration through reason’s openness to the saving forces of faith, to the differentiation between good and evil. Only thus does reason become truly human. It becomes human only if it is capable of directing the will along the right path, and it is capable of this only if it looks beyond itself. Otherwise, man’s situation, in view of the imbalance between his material capacity and the lack of judgement in his heart, becomes a threat for him and for creation. Thus where freedom is concerned, we must remember that human freedom always requires a convergence of various freedoms. Yet this convergence cannot succeed unless it is determined by a common intrinsic criterion of measurement, which is the foundation and goal of our freedom. Let us put it very simply: man needs God, otherwise he remains without hope. Given the developments of the modern age, the quotation from Saint Paul with which I began (Eph 2:12) proves to be thoroughly realistic and plainly true. There is no doubt, therefore, that a “Kingdom of God” accomplished without God—a kingdom therefore of man alone—inevitably ends up as the “perverse end” of all things as described by Kant: we have seen it, and we see it over and over again. Yet neither is there any doubt that God truly enters into human affairs only when, rather than being present merely in our thinking, he himself comes towards us and speaks to us. Reason therefore needs faith if it is to be completely itself: reason and faith need one another in order to fulfil their true nature and their mission.” (paragraph 23)

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