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									    Life Giving Love
Marriage Preparation Workshop – May 26, 2012

          Tony & Ellen Castellano
                  Part 2

There is a God, and There is Such a
           Thing as Truth

• What we are discussing is not just a nice thing to think
   about and see if it ‘works for you’. It reflects the truth of
   who we all are as people, human beings, God’s creation.
• Truth: “in accordance with fact or reality”
• This notion can be a challenge in our relativistic world.

What do you think?

    There is a God and He is Truth
•   Either there is a God or there isn’t. And either He has revealed Himself in and
    through His Son, or He hasn’t.
•   And His truth, divinely revealed by His Son, resides in His one church that His
    Son founded; The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.
•   Either Jesus was telling us the truth, or He was a fraud, and therefore the
    greatest con artist of all time!
•   The fact is, God loves us and wants to know us, His creatures, personally. One
    who prays is never alone.(See handout - ‘PERSONAL PRAYER GUIDE’)

                     “From the Beginning”

•   Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce
    his wife for any cause whatever?” Jesus said in reply, “Have you not read that from the
    beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall
    leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
    So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no
    human being must separate.” They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the
    man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss [her]?”He said to them, “Because of the
    hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it
    was not so.
•   Matthew 19:3-8

We are Created in God’s Image and
• Intellect: I can reflect upon my conscious self
• Will: I can choose what I will do, I have free will to choose my
   thoughts, my actions, what I will speak, etc. I can choose my
   actions based objective truth that is revealed by God’s through his
   creation, scripture, and the church.
• This means we are PERSONS. Just as the Father, the Son, and the
   Holy Spirit are persons.

Male and Female He Created Them

• Man and woman are relational and com-pli-mentary;
   physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
• And this combined with personhood separates us from ALL
   other God’s creatures; dogs, cats, apes, dolphins, etc.

       A ‘Communion’ of Persons
•   Communion: a STRONG exchange of emotion or spirit; to mutually
    possess or share in common.
•   The communion of persons within the Trinity reflects the fact that
    God is self-giving love.
•   KEY: As human beings created in His image and likeness one way
    husbands and wives experience this same self-giving love is through
    sexual intercourse. (See handout: ‘The Marital Act – A Communion
    of Persons’)

The Truth and Meaning of Human
•   The Theology of the Body describes a ‘language of the body’
•   Exhibited when each spouse, through the sexual act, gives their whole self to the other, the other accepts
    it, and in turn gives themselves totally back to the other spouse, freely and lovingly.
•   Total; we do not hold back anything, we give all of ourselves.
•   Free; one person cannot be forced to love another person. God cannot force us to love Him, our spouse
    cannot force us to love them. We have free will, because we are created in the image and likeness of the
    Triune God.
•   As such, the love between husband and wife, expressed and consummated in their sexual union, is an
    imperfect, but real, earthly reflection of the eternal exchange of love within the communion of persons of
    the Holy Trinity. This is a profound statement! It requires reflection. Ask the Lord to reveal it to you in
    the fullness it’s meaning.

A Holy Bond Between a Man and a
•   A spiritual bond is created whenever a man and a woman engage in conjugal
•   These ties are permanent while alive in this world and are created as a
    consequence of the act itself.
•   In marriage this holy bond supports the husband and wife in their life
    together, drawing them closer to each other every time their marriage
    covenant is renewed through the marital act.
•   However, outside of marriage, even if the act was consensual, the bond that
    was established is unholy. (See handout - ‘The Severing of Unholy Bonds’)

       “Be Watchful and Alert...”

•   “...your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,
    seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
•   Satan and his demons exist. He is not just some abstract mental
    construct that some monk dreamt up to explain why bad things
    happen. And we can EASILY fall prey to Satan - the deceiver.
•   To ‘Deceive’: to cause someone to believe something that is not

           Do Not Be Deceived By...
•   Our own sinful inclinations, Satan, and what the world says about...
    ‣   Masturbation
    ‣   Pornography
    ‣   Abortion; in the form of ‘doing what is best’ with a poor fetal
    ‣   Cohabitation
    ‣   IVF

             In Vitro Fertilization
•   In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which egg cells are fertilized by
    sperm outside the body in the lab and then implanting this embryo back into
    the mother.
•   It takes away the usual chance of conception by pre-fertilizing the egg,
    however IVF success rates are still very low because more often than not
    the embryos don't stick or stay inside the womb.
•   Process begins with the woman's ovaries are stimulated to produce multiple
    ova (eggs).

Sperm and Egg Collection

   ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Embryos

• Both ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ embryos are created, fertilized
   eggs are observed carefully to determine health and
   virility. The best looking embryos will be chosen for
   implantation into the uterus.

‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Embryos

      The Result: embryos die

• Though the couple may "want" only one child, the
  failure rate for successful implantation is so high as
  to necessitate multiple implantations - assuming that
  most will die. Any remaining embryos are then
  frozen for later "use" or destroyed.


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