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A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of March 8, 2015

Submitted by RonRProuty on March 9, 2015 - 6:36pm

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Hello again everyone, To continue with my explanation of the Sacraments, I will now discuss the differences between the Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony. First and most obvious difference is the living situation after the celebration of the Sacrament. The Deacon, Priest or Bishop will not have to change his position in the bed after the Holy Orders is celebrated, because if he is married he will still be married and if he is not married he will remain unmarried after receiving the Sacrament. In Matrimony two people will become as one, they will live in the same home and sleep in the same bed most of their life. I honestly don’t know how you married people do it. In the case of both Sacraments one needs to learn a new way of keeping a private life and a public life. For a married couple many of your secrets are shared with your spouse, but, I believe, that one would still require some place where he or she can be with him or herself. My mother spent hours by herself when she sewed, while my father would do the same working in the yard. An ordained person shares much of his life with the community in which he lives, he knows the people with whom he works and he is known by them. This lifestyle can be very difficult because it often is difficult to distinguish what is work and what is friendship. Many very personal moments can be shared to an ordained minister by someone who in reality is a complete stranger. As an ordained minister gets known by the community the line becomes very blurry because he can be a friend with someone and be asked to be there for a funeral, baptism, wedding or an illness both as a priest and as a friend. The lines blur and the workload expands. If not held in check it can invade every aspect of the minister’s life, even his prayer life. Tune in next week to see the rest of these differences!
Fr. Rob