Bishop Mark celebrated the annual outdoor Mass for married couples on July 23 at the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Shrine in Loretto. During the Liturgy, all husbands and wives had the opportunity to renew their marriage vows.
In his homily, Bishop Mark shared the story of a young lady who was about to get married and turned to her grandmother for advice.
“The Grandmother fulfilled the granddaughter’s request for advice, and her thoughts and her prayer indicate the presence of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in her life,” the Bishop stated. “The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. The conversation with the granddaughter suggests that the grandmother did not fear her husband. Instead, she had the wisdom to recognize the fear or temptation of causing harm to another person if there was no other way. But she found another way. She found a way to embrace her husband in peace and love and mercy and forgiveness. She found a way to live with her husband as her significant other for more than 50 years instead of living against him, which she knew would never last very long without living that way.”
Click below to read the entire homily.
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