Soooo, I already sort of broke my commitment to not watch any football this season. I actually didn’t watch much football yesterday but I did watch the NFL Sunday Countdown. They opened the show on a very somber note talking about domestic violence.
Without going into detail about the incidences that played out right in front of our eyes this week, I want to propose that the following virtue can prevent these ills of society: Chastity
But first I thought we would take a look at Sunday’s readings, specifically the first reading from the book of Numbers:
“From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way.
And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”
Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
And the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”
So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.”
Numbers 21: 4-9
Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. That Old Testament passage is a foreshadowing of the saving power of Christ.
Do we become impatient and complain? Yes. But note the Confession of the people: “We have sinned…” and the power of Moses’ intercession on their behalf: “So Moses prayed for the people.…” and God, the great Physician, provided the antidote to sin and the prescription for life: “…everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”
The ways of the Lord bring life, not death. Chastity, also brings forth something beautiful: Good Fruit
Chastity results in a powerful fruit referred to here as Superabundance. When I hear of domestic violence, I always wonder if the needed antidote is Superabundance?
“Von Hildebrand’s concept of Superabundance is an inner richness that flows over and brings about fruit. This good fruit includes children and many other common human desires such as faithfulness, devotion, sacrifice, reliability, gentleness, constancy, affection, admiration, freedom, security, peace, compassion and protection.
For Catholics, our faith already teaches that chastity, which includes sexual abstinence before marriage, is a virtue, and that virtue bears fruit. The Catechism also teaches us that in the case of marriage, the practice of chastity (remaining open to life) naturally leads to patience, temperance, prudence, honesty and trust. Clearly these fruits of real love are characteristic of a man who is devoted and is into you.”
Gentleness, not abuse. Affection, not punches. Security, not control. Protection, not harm.
Can domestic abuse be a part of a chaste marriage? Sure. Okay.
Back to this week’s news. I guess I just don’t get why she married him even after the abuse in the elevator. Maybe it is because they had a child together and she was attached to him emotionally, psychologically and physically. Maybe it was because of greed and the affluence that comes with running in those circles.
But, she has a daughter. A daughter who will more than likely witness more abuse or maybe be on the receiving end of abuse from the father. This is the part I find most unacceptable. Choose for yourself the consequences of your decision. But, pure selfishness drives the decision to put your little daughter in that situation. This is the blindness so many suffer from today.
“One of the fundamental problems that unchastity brings about is a blindness that leads directly to acts of imprudence. A person who is inflamed by lustful desires is hardly in a position to do what is good for himself or anyone else.”
Angelic Warfare Confraternity
I heard people say we need more education about domestic abuse and that the NFL should throw a bunch of money at the problem in order to solve it. Money and education will have little effect. The life-giving prescription of Confession, repentance and Chastity will go a long way towards domestic peace. Let us pray and intercede for those bitten by the fiery serpent.
“If you want peace, work for justice” Pope Paul VI
“If you want justice, work for Chastity” Saint Pope John Paul II
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