Minnesota Marriage: One Man. One Woman. Video #1

January 9, 2012

Embracing Life

Marriage = One Man + One Woman 

Makes sense to me. Why would God have molded our bodies with different ingredients if the equation above were false? Plus, if an important aspect of marriage is to procreate–or embrace life–we obviously need those distinct private parts!

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’ ” (Gn 2:18)

If we were made to live our lives with a same-sex partner then, in my opinion, The Creator could have saved Himself a lot of work by merely devising a bunch of males or females to run around this world–not both sexes. We are His most blessed beings on Earth, and thusly He spent a lot of time going over our blueprints to ensure that we were perfectly designed for each other.

Wow…Thanks for this gift, God!

As scripture says, we were made to become “one flesh.” Human sexual union isn’t merely something biological; it’s also a theological and spiritual truth.

“The whole reality of married life, of course, is a sacrament. but nowhere is the ‘great mystery’ more evident than when the two become ‘one flesh’ ” (Christopher West in Theology of the Body for Beginners)

Defending Marriage

I have heard people say that the Church’s defense of marriage through the promotion of the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment is too “political.” Well, isn’t educating its flock one of the Church’s jobs? How else are we to really know and understand the beautiful aspects of our faith? I, for one, do not want to be part of a church that rests on its laurels and does nothing when we are straying from The Shepherd.

“The Church has no bayonets, nor does she want to coerce others. Rather, she desires to appeal to the consciences of all persons and to witness to those truths written on the human heart by the Creator…People are free to accept or reject the Church’s instruction, but she cannot remain silent because, in the words of Pope John XXIII, she has a responsibility given to her by Our Lord to act as mother and teacher of the nations so that all who would come to her fold might attain a fuller life on this earth and eternal salvation.” (From a recent article by Jason Adkins–executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference)

Video #1

This is the first in a series of videos prepared and paid for by Minnesota for Marriage in order to educate us about the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment. It was released a few days ago. The videos are in a question and answer format and will be available on a weekly basis. For example, some of the topics include:

• What is the Marriage Protection Amendment?
• Is there a clear and present threat to marriage in Minnesota?
• Why is marriage worth preserving?
• Isn’t marriage just about encouraging loving and committed relationships?
• And much more.

I’m so impressed that Kalley Yanta, a busy mother of six, has volunteered her time to host this dialogue. According to Hampton News, “Kalley, a former news anchor for KSTP-TV, gave up her 11-year career in broadcast journalism in 1999 in favor of a higher calling — motherhood. A native of South Minneapolis, Yanta (then Kalley King) enjoyed a career that took her to four different states and ended up in her hometown, where she met husband Jon Yanta, who proposed to her on a pilgrimage to Medjugorie.”

To watch the first one-minute video click here, and then please pass this on!



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About Kathy Schneeman

After graduating from The College of St. Thomas, I taught at Nativity in St. Paul until our oldest was just about born in the classroom (What a great lesson on life that would have been for my students!) I then became a stay-at-home-mom while teaching religious education classes and working very part time at UST. Recently, I served as the Archdiocese's Life Coordinator in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life until twins arrived (I was almost 43!) When I have a few minutes of quiet time, I like to run, eat chocolates, scones and Mexican food (that's why I run), read, and have a beverage with my husband at night. We have a whopping nine kids (yes...same husband and same wife; we get that question a lot!) and we attend St. Joseph's in West St. Paul--where we first met when we were in grade school.

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