Reading the letter to the churches in Acts, everyone wants to ask what an unlawful marriage is? Jesus himself had used the expression when speaking about marriage, but in neither case is it spelled out precisely what this means. So, the church took up this expression and over the following centuries began to develop and flesh out just exactly what this means, In any event, if you wish the church to look into the matter regarding your marriage, then make an appointment with your priest, deacon, or annulment person in your parish to initiate an inquiry. Sometimes I think that when I retire I’ll just do annulments full time.

kIn the first round of the Last Supper discourse of Jesus, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, in introduced. This Spirit teaches and reminds. The reminder is the fundamental core kerygma. The kerygma is the essential, simple story of Jesus as a statement of what one believes. He descended, he was incarnate, he suffered, he was crucified, he died, he was buried, he rose from the dead, he ascended to the Father, and he will come again. These nine verbs, not that difficult to remember, are also the core of the Nicene Creed. It is a narrative that is about Jesus and about us. The leap of faith comes with the resurrection and return. Because of faith we conform our own lives to the pattern of this same story.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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