The world itself is in grave need of the witness of strong and beautiful marriages today. It is desperate for this light. We must create a culture that esteems marriage and family. These words should be whispered with reverence, marriage…family. They are sacred sacraments or signs of God’s inestimable love for the world.
Ken talks with Dr Aaron Kheriaty editor of True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented (by Jean Lhermitte and published by Sophia Institute Press) and Dr. Christopher Kaczor author of The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith, and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness (Ignatius Press). Genuine demonic possessions, admits Lhermitte, evade the explanations and exceed the competence of even the wisest physicians. Skilled physicians and trained clergy must discern whether they’re dealing with real possession, or only pathology, mental or physical. You can purchase Dr Kheriaty’s book at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Dr Kaczor explores the nature of marriage, and the love they promise to each other, which is agape, a selfgiving love that is the choice to do good for the other. He also examines alternatives to covenant marriage, such as polygamy and samesex marriage, as well as cohabitation. Finally the book explores the value of children. To make sense of Catholic teaching on contraception, he says that we must first reconsider the value of fertility and having children. Kaczor’s book is available at www.ignatius.com
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They discuss the “Living in Love” marriage program that Deacon and Paullette have been teaching in their diocese. The discussion includes how to approach marriage as a proactive “vocation”, how to love “smarter”, being “spiritually naked” in prayer, relating rather than debating, anger, being a couple “first” and being a “living” sign. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides the inspiration and motivation to live a life of total mutual self-donation. Conjugal spirituality is a sacramental couple’s way of loving.
Practical Applications of Donum Vitae and Dignitas Personae: Is there a “right to a Child?”
God wills that human life be generated within marriage by the spouses cooperating with Him in the act of marital relations. Life is a gift freely given by God with the parents cooperating as instruments.
Ken talks with canon lawyer Jacqui Rapp, author of Annulment – 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics (published by Servant Books) Jacqui is an independent canonical consultant and has acted in many different capacities for several dioceses. Listen is as Ken and Jacqui talk about the annulment process, and some of the most common questions and misconceptions regarding marriage annulment. Jacqui is the author of numerous articles and gives talks on marriage, and works with engaged couple in her parish. Her website is kycanonist.com Her book can be purchases at: http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16873
Steve Koob talks with Greg Schutte, director of Marriage Works! Ohio, about relationships and the work that Marriage Works! Ohio does.