In light of today's United States Supreme Court decision to re-define marriage as something other than the union of one man and one woman, it may be helpful for Catholics to pause and engage in some self-examination before we try to move forward in history.
Have I neglected to pray for God's will to be done?
Have I assumed God has been absent in all this?
Have I neglected to pray for authentic marriage?
Have I neglected to pray for our civil leaders?
Have I made an honest effort to understand the Church's teaching on marriage and sexuality?
Have I been selective in my acceptance of Church teachings?
Have I promoted things contrary to Church teaching?
Have I regarded the Pope as anything less than orthodox?
Have I appreciated my spouse as a gift from God?
Have I despaired of God's mercy?
Have I despaired of God's ultimate triumph?
Have I shared the truth of authentic marriage with others?
Have I taught my children the beauty of authentic marriage by word and example?
Have I failed to pray for the conversion of hearts and minds?
Have I assumed this decision is irreversible?
Have I been unfaithful to my spouse in word or in deed?
Have I refused to forgive my spouse?
Have I engaged in speaking ill of the opposite sex?
Have I wanted to force others to agree with me?
Have I listened openly to people that disagree with me?
Have I responded to them with kindness and gentleness?
Have I neglected to pray for people with same-sex attraction?
Have I neglected to pray for engaged and married couples?
Have I neglected to pray for children?