The Word Among Us

October 2008 Issue

Exploring God's Plan for Marriage

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Publisher's Letter

According to the Gospel of John, the first miracle Jesus ever performed happened at a wedding banquet in the town of Cana (John 2:1-11). The way John recounts this miracle, you can tell that he is making symbolic connections between the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and its climactic ending on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. More »


A Little Church

Scripture tells us that the church is the bride of Christ. It tells us how Jesus has chosen the church in the way a bridegroom chooses a bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). This kind of wedding imagery has been used for centuries to help explain the intimate relationship Jesus wants to have with his people. But at the same time, this image can also help married couples understand the way God wants them to relate to each other—and how they can go about building godly families that honor him and bless their children. More »

Four Simple Steps

Some people reading this article may feel unhappy in their marriage, while others feel completely satisfied. Some may worry that the joy of their marriage is slipping away, while others may feel as if it is as strong as ever. Whatever your situation, this article is meant to offer some practical steps to help you establish an even firmer foundation for your life together. More »

It Was Very Good

Before you begin reading this article, look around you. Look outside at God's beautiful creation. Think about the sun and the sky, the flowers and the trees, the mountains and the oceans, and remember: "God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good" (Genesis 1:31). More »

Special Feature

Surprised, by the Joyful Mysteries

For years I fingered my rosary at night when I couldn't sleep, repeating my childhood prayers without thinking much about their meaning. I wasn't even fully aware of the "mysteries" I was supposed to be meditating on; I just wanted the mantra to lull me into slumber. More »

"I plead with you. Do not do me an unseasonable kindness." So Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, wrote to the Christians in Rome late one summer exactly nineteen hundred years ago. "Let me be fodder for wild beasts—that is how I can get to God. I am God's wheat and I am being ground by the teeth of wild beasts to make a pure loaf for Christ." More »

One, Big, and Happy

This day could be a disaster! The thought crossed my mind more than once, one morning in late December, as I went about preparing for the visitors I would soon be welcoming. They were coming to attend a one-day retreat at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in upstate New York, where I am a resident priest. More »