Valentine and the Christian Transformation of Marriage

Posted on February 13, 2023

Saint Valentine is a Roman martyr of the early church whose story illustrates the Christian transformation of marriage. Though he has been commemorated on February 14th at least since the 5th century, little is known definitively about Valentine, for which reason the Church has in modern times distanced itself from formal celebration of his day….

Marriage and the Three-Way Light Bulb

Posted on February 7, 2023

I happen to like three-way light bulbs. They make it possible to have background light for casual conversations and bright light for reading at night. Unfortunately the bulbs and sockets are quite finicky and I keep having to replace them. To be honest, I think the difficulty is that electric current is an on-off kind…

The Purposes of Marriage

Posted on February 4, 2023

Marriage is purpose-driven, that is to say, driven by God’s design from the beginning. In the marriage liturgy, after the majestic words introducing the origins of marriage, there follows a statement of its “causes” or purposes: The union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind was ordained by God: for the procreation of…