From the Word of the Day
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5: 27-28)
Today, Jesus again returns to the precepts of the Law in order to interiorize them. He scrutinizes the heart and invites us to go into our depths to discover the roots of our desires. He well knows that gestures and actions come from our thoughts, from our feelings. Thus, it is necessary to prevent impure actions that do not take into account the life of another. We must reject the lustful glance that can lead us to take possession in an egotistical way and even violently at times, of something or someone that does not belong to us. This does not mean negating our desires. Instead it means seeking and wanting the joy of love as Pope Francis says at the conclusion of his last document at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, Amoris Laetitia.
In a time of adoring silence, I will ask the Lord for purity of heart that will allow me to see His face.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The prolongation of life makes us understand something that was not common in earlier times: that intimate relationships and reciprocal belonging must be kept for four, five, or six decades and this brings the necessity of returning often to choose each other. Certainly, we cannot think to have the same feelings for our whole life. But, certainly, we can have a common stable plan, committing ourselves to love each other and to live together until death separates us, and to live an ever richer intimacy (Amoris Laetitia 163).