Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marriage and Manhood

The video below and the related post which can be found here are by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington. He delivers a powerful and very direct message of how a real man should approach his marriage. The video is Msgr. Pope's sermon on marriage and manhood. He doesn't pull any punches when he describes the difference between a "boy" and a "man" in terms of how they approach relationships and their treatment of women. The post I linked to above is titled "Three Sayings About Marriage". In this piece, Msgr. Pope shares some of his advice on marriage that he has used in pre-cana settings. Again, he goes into the topic of real men and marriage with strong words such as this:
Boys run around and play the field, but a man looks for a wife and, finding her, leaves his parents and clings to her. This is what a man does. He works hard to preserve union with his wife. He seeks to understand her needs and to provide, to be affectionate, affirming and encouraging. He confirms her authority over the children and teaches them to respect her. Too many men today are passive husbands and fathers. But the Scriptures place on the man the first obligation to cling to his wife.
The video and posting contain timeless words of advice that many men in today's culture need to focus on more often. In a society already mired in the epidemic of divorce and now facing the threat of gay marriage, reminders of how real men should view marriage are needed now more than ever.


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