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Marriage Prayer

October 15, 2012


I was upset to read in the St. Paul Pioneer Press  this morning that a priest in northern Minnesota  contributed $1000 to the “vote no” campaign. Last week I attended a church (not my parish) at which the priest gave a very wishy-washy homily on why he will not speak out in support of marriage being between one man and one woman. Why are these two men of the cloth not speaking as representatives of the  Magisterium? No wonder some Catholics are confused!

Bishop Paul Sirba of the Duluth Diocese has been asking Catholics in his area to uphold the Church’s teaching. “We have also taken this cultural moment as a ‘teachable moment’ to reinvigorate our catechesis on the fullness of Catholic belief about marriage and the myriad threats to it stemming from a culture that increasingly embraces divorce, contraception and cohabitation.” (SPPP)

What are some of these threats? Minnesota for Marriage has this to say:

“When marriage ceases to have its historic meaning and understanding, over time fewer and fewer people will marry. We will have an inevitable increase in children born out of wedlock, an increase in fatherlessness, a resulting increase if female and child poverty, and a higher incidence of all the documented social ills associated with children being raised in a home without their married biological parents.

Ultimately, we as a society all suffer when we fail to nourish a true, thriving marriage culture founded on the truth experienced by virtually every civilization in every nation since the dawn of time – marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

The Archdiocesan prayer below helps to guide us during this time of elections. Perhaps you have seen it in bookmark-form in the back of your church. Please recite often and pass it on. And remember to vote YES on November 6!

Heavenly Father,

Through the powerful intercession of the Holy Family, grant to

this local Church the many graces we need to foster, strengthen,

and support faith-filled, holy marriages and holy families.

May the vocation of married life, a true calling to share in your

own divine and creative life, be recognized by all believers as a

source of blessing and joy, and a revelation of your own divine


Grant to us all the gift of courage to proclaim and defend your

plan for marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman

in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion,

and generosity, open to the conception of children.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever

and ever.


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