Monday, October 1, 2012

“Filioque” the KEY to Marriage OR “Filio-what the heck are you talking about?”


“Filioque” the Key to Marriage
OR
“Filio-what the heck are you talking about?”

(Okay, you know you are a theology nerd when you have a “Filioque” revelation in the shower! But bear with me, this is very cool!)

A smidge of Church history: did you know that the first big schism in the Church was in the year 1054 between the Western Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church?  At the top of their list of disputes was the argument over one Latin word: Filioque, which means “and the Son.”

As we state in the Nicene creed, the Holy Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son.”  The Eastern Church thought this ridiculous because any object can only have ONE source, ONE origin.  No object can have two sources; there had to be one, original source.  So, they believed that God the Father is the one source of both the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Western Roman Catholic argued (St. Augustine really helped to clarify this) that it was the unity of the Father and the Son that was the one source from which the Holy Spirit proceeded.  That union was so great it became the ONE source.

Shamrocks were used to help describe the Holy Trinity: 3 Persons and 1 God

This is absolutely vital when understanding marriage.  The lure of our secular world, and in fact the temptation of the flesh is to choose one leader, to seek power.  It always leads to the question “who is in charge?” or “when it comes down to it, who makes the final call?”  This questioning further fuels the battle of the sexes and an attitude of “get yours before it’s gone.”

But that is looking for the “one source” and missing the answer that “Filioque” gives us, which demolishes the battle before it begins.  This key of “Filioque” shows us that the Father and the Son, two separate Persons, form a unity so complete that it is a one source.  In the same way, we cannot look at husband and wife in terms of weighing merits, skill sets or value, to determine who is “number one.”  It is in the UNITY that their family will find a leader!

She in her beautiful femininity complement him in his rugged yet compassionate masculinity, not ever understanding each other completely, but respecting each other’s uniqueness.  It is not in “who is better?” but in the celebration of the uniqueness of each gender that true love, true unity can be formed.  And in THAT unity your children, your friends, your family find a life-giving ONE source of leadership, strength and sacrament, a physical reflection of the invisible reality of the Triune Love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



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Well, that’s my view of it and I welcome yours!  (Please comment below!  And please use initials or first name or even pseudonym instead of simply “anonymous” so we can have some way to distinguish each person in the discussion.  Thank You!)



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6 comments:

  1. awesome reflection!!! Completely agree with everything you said. By the way, love your blog :-)

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  2. "The Eastern Church thought this ridiculous because any object can only have ONE source, ONE origin. No object can have two sources; there had to be one, original source. So, they believed that God the Father is the one source of both the Son and the Holy Spirit."

    There is some error here, and when reading or doing research, you have to make sure you are distinguishing between orothdox and Eastern Catholics--there is a difference here. Besides...the schism was over an error, much like the one posted above.

    You wrote, "The Western Roman Catholic argued (St. Augustine really helped to clarify this) that it was the unity of the Father and the Son that was the one source from which the Holy Spirit proceeded. That union was so great it became the ONE source."

    Eastern Catholics believe that it's because of this UNITY that "Filioque" is redundant and not necessary. In that way, it is NOT opposing to Western Catholics, it is in the same line of thought. The Eastern Catholics have such respect for that unity, that in expressing "filioque", it almost causes a disunity, so to speak. Roman Catholics believe it doesn't take away from that unity. JPII asked the Eastern Catholics to go back to tradition in removing "filioque" for this reason...

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    1. Thanks, Joy! This is a division and relationship that has many levels and has been evolving for centuries. I was just trying to summarize (knowing a couple small paragraphs could not do justice to a millennium of discussion), but I appreciate the clarification! Thank you!

      The distinction between Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox must be important, because St. Augustine DID argue against the idea that the Son and the HS proceed from the Father alone, and said that it was the unity from which the Spirit proceeded. The Filioque schism was due to the above understanding - but were the "Eastern Catholics" not apart of that?

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  3. I actually had similar thoughts this past Sunday at mass. Were yours prompted by the readings by any chance?

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    1. I actually wrote it before then, but it definitely goes along with it!

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