Why do we do this? “ The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament ( cf. CIC, canon 1055 § 1; cf. GS 48 § 1)” ( Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1660).
As witnesses for Christ we have a right to demand, to lobby, and to vote that Maryland laws reflect, support, and uphold the will of God. Marriage is not a selfish, capricious, and auto-generated coming together of any two adults; it is a state of life that is sacred, arising from the unique capability of one man and one woman to unite in a bond of love that also has the capacity to generate new life. Marriage is oriented also toward the dignity of those children who may come into the world through the natural gift of the marital act open to procreation shared by man-husband and woman-wife.
What this is not is judgment or condemnation of those who disagree or who do not want to obey God’s law. We teach, we witness, and we propose. We do not judge or in any way desire harm to those who oppose us or who disagree with us. It is a libel and a judgment for those who disagree with us to accuse us of hatred. We insist to all who will listen that to propose the truth is an act of love because it is a witness to the love of God. We include in this loving witness also those who knowingly and willingly disobey God and His holy will as expressed in nature and divine law and which is fulfilled in the law of Christ.
Again, marriage is not a legal or religious blessing conferred upon an inherently selfish arrangement of life between two adults but rather a unique and selfless imitation of God because it is also oriented toward the generation of children who have a right to be brought into the world by a man-father and a woman-mother. Children have a right to be raised by both a father and a mother as opposed to some other unnatural arrangement which is forced upon them by the choice of two same-sex adults.
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Prayer For Religious Liberty From Our Bishops:
Almighty God, Father of all nations, For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus ( Gal. 5: 1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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