Marriage is a blessed asceticism, and one that is increasingly on the frontier as American society journeys into a malaise it has not encountered before."
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thought for the Day
"Spiritual virtues are developed through ascetic behaviors and marriage is an ascetic behavior. It is ascetic not because married couples are to live in Platonic marriages (though some of our saints have) but because it requires discipline and humility to remain focused on the needs and desires of the other on a day-in, day-out basis. Marriage is ascetic because it requires work–work around one’s hearth and home, like carrying out garbage, mowing down the brush, cultivating the field, changing the oil, cooking dinner, and other such tasks. More importantly, it is ascetic because it requires the work of listening (yes, real active listening), fruitful dialogue, and prayerful decisions.