Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow praised the joys of a loving family and lamented the pain caused by divorce.
“When husband and wife are happy together and are blessed with children, then love expands from two to three and four and five,” he preached. “There is every opportunity to renew faithfulness to one another by laughing together, crying together, supporting one another, saying sorry to one another, giving one another the benefit of the doubt, embracing one another, being happy for each other, just knowing the right word at the right time. And when those things happen, we are privileged to behold the beauty and simplicity and strength of married love and of family love, a love which truly through the grace of Christ endures all things.”
“But when families fracture, love is the first casualty,” he continued. “The love which was the glue between spouses turns to hate very quickly. Intimate communion of life is replaced with a terrible logic of division. Children’s peace of heart is shattered and they find themselves both loving and hating their parents at the same time.”