As you already know. I have been discouraged over the last few weeks as I have followed the goings with the Synod on the Family in Rome. Now that it is over, I can’t help but feel that the this was a missed opportunity to address as a Church the real issues that threaten our Catholic families. Why did we not publicly discuss the root causes of the dramatic decrease of Catholics going to church, getting married in the Church, or even getting married at all? Did we hear a word about the scourge of pornography that weakens the sexual bond between a husband and a wife? How about the flight of men from the Church, resulting in children who are far less likely to go to church? Economic struggles that put families and especially children at risk? Violence within a marriage?
What did we hear from the Synod on these issues? Crickets ….
So just when I was really feeling down about this missed opportunity, I read today’s reading from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans.
Brothers and sisters:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
For creation awaits with eager expectation
the revelation of the children of God;
for creation was made subject to futility,
not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,
in hope that creation itself
would be set free from slavery to corruption
and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
and not only that, but we ourselves,
who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
For in hope we were saved.
Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.
God is in control. All things will ultimately will work for His glory. Even though we may perceive that things are going in the wrong direction, the Lord has a plan to make things right. We need to follow Paul’s advice to wait with endurance.
Our current times seem discouraging. Remember that nothing is impossible for God.