…Alright, so not MY wedding bells!
I recently attended a nuptial Mass, and the first reading was one of my favorites, in which Tobit and Rachel pray before they consummate their marriage (meaning: have intercourse for the first time as husband and wife).
Mid-prayer, Tobit says:
“Thou madest Adam of the slime of the earth, and gavest him Eve for helper. And now, Lord, thou knowest, that not for fleshly lust do I take my sister to wife, but only for the love of posterity, in which thy name may be blessed for ever and ever.” (Tobit 8:8-9)
I absolutely love how manly and how holy Tobit is in his prayer! Before he sleeps with his bride, he makes sure his intentions are to love her and not to use her. And he invokes the Lord. How utterly attractive!
How many men sleep with even their brides with lust still in their hearts?
And how many men forget that sex involves God?
Most men… and most women, too.
Sex is a gift from God, and it reflects His Triune nature (constant communion and gifts of Divine Persons being exchanged!) and is A FORETASTE OF HEAVEN!
THE “ONE”: The Dress, That Is!
(Of course, my womanly diversion…)
I think it’s beautiful how women adorn themselves in all white on their wedding day as a sign of their purity (and worry not: recommitted purity works, too) being offered to their husbands.
In the same vein, at the wedding I attended the bride wore a modest wedding dress. It made me think more about how, if I get married one day, God willingly, I would love to have a super modest wedding dress!
By wearing not only a white but also a very modest wedding dress, I think that a woman can tell her groom, sans words, that her feminine mystery, body and soul, is his and his alone (well, besides God’s and hers, of course!). And what better day to do that than their wedding day, when he vows to be like Christ to her for the rest of his entire life on earth?!
Forget the plunging neckline and bare back of risqué wedding dresses.
Modest wedding dresses that make a woman glow like Mother Mary– now those are beautiful.