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Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 4:59pm | see this comment in context

I am aware of that, and admire Fr. Bob Oliver very much.  I am hopeful that the Brotherhood's involvement with the Sword of the Spirit will have a good influence going forward.  Their involvement is a recent development. 

Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 4:17pm | see this comment in context

All that you say is true and somewhere in there is the heart of the matter.  When something is not what it should be or what others might think it is or what it claims to be, problems surface.  As I said, just a caution.  BTW, my reference is to community and not to the Brotherhood of Hope. 

Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 3:43pm | see this comment in context

Just a caution.  Any community that has it's roots and is still associated with the Sword of the Spirit is one that should be carefully examined before it is held up as a model of community.  From the outside it might look appealing, but unfortunately the Sword of the Spirit, while it claims to be ecumenical is more non-denomenational.  This, imo, limits the potential of a community like this from becoming the force it should be in the Catholic Church.  Unfortunately being approved by the Bishop of the diocese is no guarantee of authentic Catholic teaching within the community. 

Re: Do husbands have authority over their wives?

Aug. 30 at 10:53am | see this comment in context

If I may comment, as a member of a covenant community I am very happy to see this discussion.  I have seen many difficulties occur in marriages where Ephesians 5 is misunderstood and misinterpretated.  My greatest sadness is seeing women who believe that their holiness comes from being obedient to their husbands, and the more obedient you are, the holier you are. Unfortunately, these teachings are still alive and well in the minds of the leaders and members of these communities. They emphatically state that the theology of the body is not magisterial teaching and say that the Wednesday audiences are John Paul's personal reflections. I have been told that we have two great minds here, John Paul II and Steve Clark.  My response, "As a Catholic woman, who do you think I will choose to listen to?" Any discussion I have had with leadership has been very disappointing.  Katie, you are so on target with your concerns and your comments.  You might wonder why I remain as a member of the community.  It is because there are relationships here that have been built over many years that are very valuable to me.  However, I'm not sure what the future holds.

Re: Are wives supposed to submit to their husbands?

Aug. 15 at 10:41pm | see this comment in context

I am new to the scene and usually a lurker, but this topic has been a thorn in my side for too many years, certainly since I have become acquainted with John Paul's thought, so I am compelled to give my 2 cents.  My husband and I have been married for 47 years and I cannot remember a time in our marriage when he was left to make that final decision.  Our respect for and trust in one another calls us to dialogue, dialogue and dialogue some more.  As married couples I am sure that we all have our spouses best interest at heart and that would always be the basis of decisions that are made.  I believe that "Who is in charge?" is the wrong question when it comes to marriage, but rather, "How can I lay down my life as Christ did for your best good?".  If anything, that is how my husband leads me.  It is his good example of laying down his life for my sake that encourages me to do the same for him.  I believe this follows what Ephesians says since as male and female we do this differently as Katie points out. 

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