From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…October 23, 2016

Father Aaron FerrisIn preparation for the election we have talked about life issues and religious liberty issues as two of the core issues that need to guide how we will vote in November. The third set of issues that needs to shape our thinking are the issues of marriage, family, and human sexuality. Marriage and family are the bedrock of our society, and sexuality is an integral part of our humanity. Messing these things up has drastic consequences.

These issues are tied into the religious liberty issue we talked about last week because there is a push by the government and by organizations to restrict our freedom in these areas. Beyond simply our liberty, though, what is at stake is the very well-being of our neighbors and of society itself. As goes marriage and the family, so goes the state. If we care about our neighbors, if we care about our communities, if we care about our state and nation, then we need to care about these issues.

Marriage is between a man and a woman. Though it has seen many deformations over the centuries (e.g. polygamy), marriage has always been a union between a man and a woman. This makes obvious sense from our basic biology, and, when we understand the differences and the unique characteristics of men and women, it also makes sense on many other levels as well. Not only do the spouses grow and flourish as human beings through the richness of their complementarity, but this is the best environment in which children can grow and develop into mature adults.

We have ample evidence of the detrimental effects of the breakdown of this pattern. The greatest single indicator of poverty is a single parent, particularly a single mother. Not only that, but there are a whole host of concomitant ills that also tend to come along with the breakdown of the family, such as crime. No, simply being a single parent does not mean your children will be criminals, of course not, but there is a close connection.

The secular world is attacking the very foundations of society. If we care about our neighbors, especially the young and the most vulnerable, if we care about our communities and leaving a better world for our children and our children’s children, then high on our priority list needs to be our concern for a proper expression of marriage, family, and human sexuality.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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