IN TOUCH 6 – PALM SUNDAY

1 – Another Meditation of Fr. Walter on the readings of Palm Sunday entitled: PALM SUNDAY – REFLECTION.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLcUD19_uw_8E6q0JUXKQ

2- Dan Shutte (An American catholic Composer) has prepared a beautiful AT HOME CELEBRATION of the PACHAL TRIDUUM (= the three days of Easter). It has readings, music… and you can celebrate at home, with or without your family. https://www.danschuttemusic.com/wordpressstore/easter-triduum/?mc_cid=83000dc318&mc_eid=3247297cf1

3 – Naturally you can follow also the mass live from our Church of St. Catherine of Siena. At 10:00am in Italian; at 11:00am in English and at 6:00pm in Spanish. https://scos.click2stream.com/

You can also find all conferences, meditations and masses in our YOU TUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLcUD19_uw_8E6q0JUXKQ

SPIRITUAL MARRIAGE.

We would like to continue our reflection on the Christian Marriage.

We humans have been created with body and soul, so when we enter into the relationship of marriage we enter with body and soul. The union of bodies comes through sexual relationship and the union of souls comes through sharing our faith, hope and love. Many good people become one in body, but many times they forget to become one in spirit. That makes only for half a marriage. Many people never come to complete their marriage!

      The more you grow into marriage the more the physical aspect diminishes to leave space to the spiritual one. That is the reason, for instance, why our bodies can procreate only for a brief span of time. When spiritual marriage happens, you can see older couples so much in love with each other, that they cannot stay even ten minutes without seeing each other, without talking to each other, without caring for each other. During the summer I was watching an old Egyptian couple, so much in love with each other! They gave me an image of a fulfilled marriage. He was opening the door and slowly holding the hand of her spouse till they had reached the elevator. Then they used to sit in church for hours, without saying anything, but just enjoying to be sitting one next to the other in front of God. That was a beautiful image of marriage! And I think that they not even have children! But surely they have fulfilled the goal of their marriage!

     Many times, the spiritual marriage brings joy and tenderness, when the body is torn by sickness and sufferings. Spiritual marriage never ends; it will continue spiritually even into heaven. The graces of God that the couple has shared together on earth will be a joyful song of gratitude for all eternity.

     Spiritual love can go beyond the physical limitations of space and time. I can love my family, even when they are far away. I can love my parents even when they are dead. I can love my community, even when I don’t see them in Church. I can love God even though I cannot see Him with my eyes. But this love can be much stronger and satisfying than any other physical relationship. Actually, a physical relationship can fall into the trap of selfishness, lust and jealousy, while spiritual relationship can be safe from all these dangers. Spiritual love is what keeps every relationship together, both when young or old, when strong or weak, when there is physical touch or not. Spiritual love is a necessary ingredient for any form of human relationship, especially the most engaging of relationships, which is Christian marriage.

    And you don’t have to be physically married to experience spiritual marriage. You know that many saints (St. Catherine of Siena)went through what is called the “mystical marriage”, when Jesus himself would establish a spousal relationship between a soul and His love.

These are unfathomable mysteries, but real experiences that God offer to those who are able to love above any human/physical love. We too are called to live the whole eternity filled with the spiritual love of God.

SUGGESTIONS:

OUR FATHER (Andrea Boccelli – Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

(Repeat) CREDO link free. The Best Adult Faith Formation

            A picture of SPIRITUAL LOVE.

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Fr. Walter

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.