Yesterday we undertook a discussion about manipulating children, and after nearly a hundred responses we have the standard difficulties in navigating them, and the natural evolution into another topic, for at the heart of the family we discover that the Legion often creates a wedge between husband and wife.
The most recent comment includes these thoughts:
Gregorbo, I think you may be onto something with your hypothesis that the sacrament of marriage can serve as an antidote to the injurious nature of LC/RC. But the problem that I see is that a lot of the "faithful" Catholic couples I know are not very happy together and not very close at all. Some of them really don't even like each other. They will stick it because they believe the Church's teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. But it's not a happy state of being.
The weird part is that some of these couples actually seem to regard being joyful in marriage as "immature" and "inappropriate" at this stage of our lives. (We have been married nearly 18 years, so most of the couples I am referring to fall into that same range). As if being crazy in love is only allowed for newlyweds! So I wonder if the ability of the LC/RC to get its foot in the door----and keep driving the wedge open further---isn't that there is already something fundamentally wrong in the understanding of marriage by many "faithful" Catholic types---people who truly want to live out their Catholic principles but have a deeply flawed understanding of what those should be.
Marigold's story demonstrates that couples with strong marriages can still get sucked into LC/RC. But that very bond is what also helped them get out. From what I have been able to tell, LC/RC is rather scared off by strong marriages, in the same way that I think they are often scared off by people who have a very strong theological background. It's as if the LC/RC recognize these strengths will be impediments to their recruiting efforts (what does THAT say about them??) and quickly move on to easier prey.
Of course, I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions to this, but I do think there is a trend here. And if couples could only really develop a wholesome, authentic Catholic marital relationship, it could definitely help them recover from the LC/RC poison.
In recent weeks, we've really wandered into the heart of the Beast and the revelations can be astonishing. This one is no less so. Marriage, of course, is the primordial sacrament, and if the Legion Lies are what we think they are, then to be effective they must go to the heart of redemption.
Marriage is not only the rock on which families are built, but it echoes God's own love for His creation -- with Jesus as Bridegroom and Holy Mother Church as Bride. The nature of authentic spousal love is generous, self-less and oblative. The eyes are fixed on each other for strength and unity of purpose, not elsewhere. Jesus, the head of the Church, shows us the way by laying down and dying for his Beloved. She receives His gift and echoes the passion -- giving herself in turn for Him and His children. If the Movement was -- as many pointed out -- a parallel church, then it had to replace the bride with a concubine. Or to put it differently, it teased the faithful with spiritual adultery. The faithful would never have gone for such a thing, knowing the evils of it, so it was done surrepticiously -- in ways that masked the truth.
Remember this post, about the Movement being the mother (which undermines the Church herself, who must hold that place unchallenged). This is key, because when lies are at the heart of a marriage, the house cannot thrive, it cannot even endure very long.
You've been marvelous in bringing out the resources for better parenting, but now it seems that we need some advice for marriage-building, especially to reignite the legitimate (but mature) passions of established couples who have some difficult chapters already imbedded in their family sagas.
Nota bene: "I have come to bring fire to the earth, would that it were already ablaze!" (Luke 12:49)
Likewise, when couples go deeper and really tap into the nuptial meaning of their lives, there will be far richer and lasting fruits than from all the "efficacious apostolates." Think of the trinitarian love that spills forth and overflows. The same cannot happen through a Movement that applies a wedge between spouses, so as to wring from them more meetings, more recruits and more money. The latter is a scandal, but more important: it's blasphemy. But what would one expect from a fraud such as MM? It all flows downhill.
[Daughter of the Church: it is no coincidence that these great discussions are bubbling forth at this time -- those of you praying the novena have our deepest gratitude!]