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Gospel Reflection

John Guaspari ’72

Today's gospel calls to mind the parable of Chesterton's fence. The great Catholic lay-theologian G.K. Chesterton posited the existence of an open field, in the middle of which is a fence that no longer appears to serve any useful purpose.

A first impulse might be to tear down the fence. Chesterton cautions, though, that someone built the fence for a reason, and we ought to understand what that reason was before calling in the bulldozers. Otherwise, we might be overlooking critical secondary effects, causing unintended consequences.

There was a time when divorce carried a significant social stigma. That is no longer the case, and this is not necessarily a bad thing. The divorced should not have to wear a scarlet letter of useless shame.

However, we might be well served by giving a bit more thought to why that fence had existed in the first place before being too quick to tear it down with "Hey, stuff happens!" shrugs of resignation. Perhaps part of the stigma was our internal, natural law awareness of the deep consequences of separating what "God has joined together"?

Marriage is challenging, calling for a sacrificial commitment to do the hard work necessary to ensure that "the two shall [remain] one flesh." Difficult times come to even the best of marriages. Some, unfortunately, must work through the heartbreaking process of civil divorce and annulment. But those that can work through those challenges will find that they have forged stronger, more enduring bonds.

After many years—decades even—some may even be blessed to reach a wonderfully comfortable familiarity. A rut? Not at all. Rather, it is a state of deep companionate love, a profound manifestation of what Jesus meant when he said, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

Saint of the Day

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, you sought God even through depression and were led to serve others—pray for us!