Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Marriage between a husband and wife is the earthly rendering of the holy and life-giving kind of relationship we as human beings have been designed for, both in marriage and by baptism. Jesus taught the crowds that conjugal love is sacred, by virtue of the consummation of a marriage where man and woman freely join together to become one flesh, and that becoming one with another person other than one’s spouse is sin-full. Unfortunately, due to hardness of heart, both men and women can so disrupt relationship through adultery or emotional or physical abuse that separation – at least for a time –of spouses is required to preserve or restore life to individuals or to the family. Similarly, when I am sucked into sin due to my own hardness of heart, I need to separate myself from God for a time, until I am prepared to repent and be reconciled to God through Christ Jesus. By its very nature, separation, whether conjugal or divine, often allows the seeds of envy, anger, impatience, lust, licentiousness and unfaithfulness to enter [my] life, giving evil a place to grow. This in turn makes possible the consummation of an extraneous and unholy relationship that blinds one to the light of chaste love, whether of marriage or of commitment to the Holy Spirit of God. This is perhaps why Jesus cautions us saying, “What God has joined together, let no one separate. How committed am I to the sanctity of my relationship to my spouse, and to God? When I am separated from my spouse or from God, will I remain faithful? Holy Spirit help me remain faithful.
God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us.
(St. James quoting scripture in James 4:5)
...Let me never be separated from you; From the malignant one defend me...
Ignatius of Loyola. Anima Christe
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.