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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Goals of Life

OK, so Germany defeated Costa Rica 4 - 2 (I had envisaged 5 - 0 victory). But it wasn't done without a tough fight that came from Costa Rica throughout the entire match. So, the underdogs cannot be taken for granted now. If these lesser teams can play as well as Costa Rica, they can give most of the so-called elite World Cup teams a run for their money! This World Cup may see yet many surprises... ;-)

Managed to get up bright and early this morning and only to do up the sermon for the upcoming wedding in the afternoon. I chanced upon this little gem of a story which I am using for the sermon that highlights the very profound act of marriage and the special bond which husband and wife are called to, regardless of the situation that they may encounter. This was based on the experiences of Dr James Dobson who recounted the incident:

I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth, has been severed. She will be thus from now on. The surgeon had followed with religious fervor the curve of the flesh… Nevertheless, to remove the tumor in her cheek, I had cut the little nerve. Her young husband is in the room. He stands on the opposite side of the bed, and together they seem to dwell in the evening lamplight, isolated from me, private. Who are they, I ask myself, he and this wry-mouth I have made, who gave at and touch each other so generously? The young woman speaks. ‘Will my mouth always be like this?’ she asks. ‘Yes,’ I say, ‘it will. It is because the nerve was cut.’ She nods, and is silent. But the young man smiles. ‘I like it.’… Unmindful, he bends to kiss her crooked mouth, and I am so close that I can see how he twists his own lips to accommodate to hers, to show her that their kiss still works…

I can't express a better way than this, to show how deep a Christian marriage can really fathom - and more!


Anonymous said...

Hee...I was about to ask you to email me that moving story you shared at sat's wedding, but you beat me to it by posting on yr blog!

Laetare :-\

David Woon said...

Thanks Fr for this beautiful sharing on marriage! I have been married for 5 years - Will try to be mindful of this story as I continue to love and honour my wife for the rest of my life:)


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