While Saint Luke used the image of Our Lady--who “kept all these things reflecting on them in her heart”--I would like to relate the idea to marriage, and specifically what women can contribute to the Ordinary Synod on that topic to be held in Rome in October of this year. Father Roger Landry noted in his New Years day homily that that the Gospel would be “more literally rendered that Mary ‘put them together’ like the pieces of a mosaic and she ‘held on to them,’ the way we would hold onto a treasure.” To that end, he likened the things on which she pondered as the individual pieces—tesserae—that together form a beautiful and coherent image of the marvelous plan of God.
Considering the particular rebellion we have sown in recent decades--which has reaped for us myriad trials, tears, and trauma beyond the usual inheritance of sin--women should now reflect on what a culture ought to prioritize for the good of each person. Decades of mistaken choices can be redeemed only if they are wrapped in contrition and laid on the altar; there God will enfold them in his own Passion and restore them as newfound fonts of wisdom. As Father Landry suggests, we need to look to Mary—“emulating her contemplative heart”—in order to discover God’s plan, which depends on strong and holy marriages.
What I have here are a series of columns that are being carried regularly in the diocesan newspapers of Providence, RI and Fall River, MA--columns that are welcome to be reproduced elsewhere as a part of the discussion on the nature of marriage today.