Many Catholic families had hoped that the Synod on the Family would address the serious problem of the divorce epidemic and its long-term damage to youth, innocent spouses, the sacrament of marriage, the culture, and the Church.
I spent over twenty years teaching marriage preparation for the Archdiocese of New York, and I calculate that if all the couples I've addressed were to assemble in one place, they would easily fill Madison Square Garden.
In a crass world that debases everything beautiful and holy from the innocence of children to the sacredness of life to the beauty of nuptial love, Dr. Esolen's book restores the nobility of love to the realm of marriage and the family.
Come Sunday morning, my wife and I will lie in bed as we hear the clatter of pans downstairs, the occasional yell for someone to butter the toast or get the eggs off the stove, followed by footsteps as they carry the finished tray upstairs.
In this vexed and painful fight over the "definition of marriage," perhaps the most difficult task is to convince not only the proponents, but also most of the opponents of any "re-definition of marriage" that it is not in their power.