Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Being in Love

Laudem Gloriae shares a poignant quote from Robert Hugh Benson's Come Rack, Come Rope, which should be kept in mind when discussing priests who leave their vocation in order to embrace matrimony. It concerns a young lady whose sweetheart wants to become a priest, and although she knows she will always love him, she sees the sacrifice that must be made so that God can be best served. She decides that "a broken heart and God's will done would be better than that God's will should be avoided and her own satisfied." (Ch. 5, III)

Being a Catholic sometimes means not being able to marry the person one loves, at one's convenience, if at all. For that matter, sometimes we are prevented from marrying the person we might want to marry just by the circumstances of life. Sometimes, it is not the will of God that two people be together. It must be realized, however, that there are many levels on which love can be expressed. The highest expression of love is to pray for the sanctification of the beloved person's soul.


Some excellent commentary on the matter of priestly defection HERE. Share

7 comments:

alaughland said...

There is nothing like marriage to ruin a good relationship. Just kidding!

+JMJ+ said...

Thanks for introduing me to the orthometer blog...lots of interesting perspective from that Priest!

elena maria vidal said...

You're welcome! I just discovered it myself!!

Pilgrim said...

In fact, I would add that the young lady in Fr. Benson's book knows of her lover's vocation to the priesthood and helps him accept it before he does.
True love.

elena maria vidal said...

Exactly. When you really love someone, you want what is best for them.

Anonymous said...

as fr. corapi says, "when you love someone you desire for them to get to heaven"

elena maria vidal said...

Amen!