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It’s Time To Tell the Story of How Beautiful the Family Truly Is

Matthew Becklo - published on 11/11/14

in which marriage participates.)

Helen Alvaré, a George Mason Unviersity law professor handling communications for the colloquium, explains that a desire for “a new language” is driving the event. As she elaborates in an interview with Brandon Vogt:

Marriage is a natural and human institution on which the Church has particular additional wisdom…I don’t think it’s been brought home to people, in language they can understand, just what it means to say that man and women are made in the image of God, or the way we understand the meaning of life as love, or the way we understand how God loves us. These are huge, but insufficiently communicated to most listeners in the pew or in the society.

What will this “new language” be? It might be too early to say exactly, but the Humanum trailer points the way. Pairing gorgeous visuals with the erotic poetry of the “Song of Songs,” it offers a positive vision of marriage as an ecstatic “yes” to life oriented toward what French novelist Michel Houellebecq once termed “the last bastion of primitive communism in liberal society” – i.e., the household – and in an age of atomized individualism, radiates complementarity, community, and love, mysteries which intertwine us with the rhythm of the cosmos and its Creator.

This type of counter-story is what families today need. We need that soul-stirring reminder that, in the words of Pope Francis:

This is the image of God, and of love; God’s covenant with us is there, it is represented in this covenant between man and woman. And this is truly beautiful!

Matthew Becklo
 is a husband and father, amateur philosopher, and cultural commentator at Aleteia and Word on Fire. His writing has been featured in First Things, The Dish, and Real Clear Religion.
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