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February 23, 2009
Human body's design invites communion
Nothing More Beautiful gathering hears the joy of embracing the sanctity of Christian love
BY GLEN ARGAN
Sr. Timothy Prokes
Human beings, for example, stand upright and their eyes meet the eyes of others in communion. “They invite encounter, face-to-face communication.”
The gift of sight is of utmost importance, she said. She told of an inner-city pastor who worked with children who had suffered much loneliness and abuse. Looking intently at them, the priest said, “You are already within me because you have come in through my eyes.”
In contrast, pornographic addiction “sabotages the very meaning of the human body, sexuality and marriage.
“What is taken in through the eyes, specifically invited through the eyes, touches the inner person, and can vilify the heart.”
The interior act of desire, Prokes said, quoting Pope John Paul, “expresses itself through the sense of sight, that is, with a look, as in the case of David and Bathsheba.”
The Ferris, Michael a psychiatrist and Terese a family law lawyer, spoke of their 33 years of married life in which they have raised 14 children.
Teresa said despite the widespread pornography and sexual exploitation today, “society is nevertheless desperately searching for true meaning and real love.”
In their work, they encounter many examples of how “modern sensibilities rebel at the notion of self-sacrifice,” she said. Those who reject responsibility become isolated and embittered.
“Both of us have witnessed the terrible pain and catastrophic loss of hope that follows in the wake of such a lifestyle, both for the person who embraces it and the victims they leave behind.”
The Nothing More Beautiful session drew a strong positive response from some who were present.
“It was a powerful message,” said Clyde Bonnell of Spruce Grove who attended with his wife Irene. Mike Ferri “is a shining example of what a man should be. I would wish to be such a man.”
Marguerite Koester of St. Joseph Basilica Parish said, “The couple from Pembroke spoke very well.”
“We’ll be looking forward to attending the other (Nothing More Beautiful) sessions,” said her husband Gerry.
Video footage of the Feb. 12 session will be available on the archdiocesan website, www.edmontoncatholic-church.com.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver will speak at the next session Thursday, April 30 on Our New Life In Jesus Christ. The witness will be Mary Rose Bacani of Salt + Light television.
(The transcript of Michael and Terese Ferri’s talk is available on Pages 10-12. An excerpt from Sister Timothy Prokes’ presentation will be published in next week’s WCR.)
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