At that very moment he rejoiced [in] the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will."Image credit: Pixabay.com (2017), CC0/PD[/caption] It is through the eyes of children, and only that, that we'll be able to peer into the mind of God concerning marriage. I invite you to peruse the website Bill started before his death: TakeBackMarriage.org. There you will find resources, a chance to connect, and an introduction to what I will expound on more in coming months. For now, know that what Bill wanted to share, and will share through those who caught sight of his vision, is beautiful, exciting, inspiring, and worthy of discovering. Bill was thoughtful about choosing a name for this movement. He chose "reality" as part of the title based on what Pope Francis wrote in Evangelium Gaudium:
Realities are greater than ideas. Realities simply are, whereas ideas are worked out. (#231)Many things are called realities these days, but true realities are not just any new idea, something that sounds reasonable. Realities simply are and always have been. Marriage is one such reality that always has been and cannot, in truth, be "redefined." This is especially important where it concerns children and family. I look forward to unraveling more of what Bill had set out to do, with God's leading, in the coming months. God bless you and your families in this fresh, new, hopeful year of 2020! Q4U: I’d love to answer any questions you might have about Marriage Reality Movement. Or, share about a beautiful family moment you experienced this past Christmas season.
Copyright 2020 Roxane Salonen
About the Author
Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five from Fargo, N.D., is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer who also enjoys Catholic radio hosting and speaking. Roxane co-authored former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino’s memoir, Redeemed by Grace. Her work is featured on "Peace Garden Passage" at her website, roxanesalonen.com