Father Brian Bransfield presents a riveting understanding of John Paul II’s idea of marriage and human sexuality. Utilizing insights from scripture, the Fathers of the Church, and contemporary theology, the beauty of marriage is clearly defined. Simultaneously, he grapples with the challenges to family life that have sprung from the industrial, sexual and technological revolutions. Fr. Bransfield brings to bear examples from contemporary literature and pop culture that illustrate the nature of sin, selfishness and false understandings of what it means to be human.
Too often we mistake religion for an insurance policy by which we are somehow guaranteed success, health and a productive life. Three parables in particular reveal that a healthy and holy spirituality is founded on the compassionate mercy of God: The accounts of the (1) Prodigal Son, (2) the Samaritan Woman, and the (3) Good Samaritan serve to remind us that God comes to those who are worn out, broken and who feel inadequate to the tasks of life. These three parables remind us that God loves us completely, even in our deepest need.