TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRATERNITY. February 4.   Chris shared, “As someone who has worked in marriage ministry over the years my ears always prick up when I hear a statement like, “At that time Jesus called to him the Twelve and began to send them out two by two. Mk 6:7.   This “two by two” thing of course doesn’t only refer to a human couple but in creation more broadly it is clearly an essential aspect of God’s plan. Sexuality and reproduction of all species of the human race, of animals and plants happens in the same way. Male and female genetic material has to combine in order to produce new life.  Mating is not purely mechanical. There are physical and hormonal aspects involved and specifically in human beings there are powerful emotional aspects of love too.   

Pope Francis:  God created the world, writing into it an order and a dynamism that human beings have no right to ignore. MAY THE POWER AND THE LIGHT OF THE GRACE WE HAVE RECEIVED ALSO BE EVIDENT IN OUR RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER CREATURES AND TO THE WORLD AROUND US. FRATELLI TUTTi 221. The creator made man and woman share in the work of his creation and at the same time made them instruments of his love, entrusting to them the responsibility for the future of mankind, through the transmission of human life. AL 81  Sexuality is not a means of gratification or entertainment, it is an interpersonal language wherein the other is taken seriously in his or her sacred and inviolable dignity. AL151