Fr. Colum Power

Fr. Colum Power

My blog “Random Reflections”

Fr. Colum Power, born in Cork, Ireland, in 1965, is a Servant Priest of the Home of the Mother. He obtained a Master's degree in literature in 1991 and a doctorate in the History of the Church in 2013. He is author of A Touch of the Gardener's Hand, Honey from the Lion's Carcass, and James Joyce's Catholic Categories. He devotes his time to apostolic activities for the youth organized by the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother.

Fr. Colum Power is author and editor of the Blog "Random Reflections", which can be found on the website www.familiesfullyalive.com.

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Surpassing the Stereotypes

Towards the end of the movie version of Oliver Twist, in a song called "Reviewing the Situation," the villain named Fagan, expertly played by Ron Moody, weighs up the pros and cons of criminal life versus married life:

Stereotypes of Man and Wife

Saint Paul urges wives to "respect" their husbands (Eph 5:33) and husbands to "not be harsh" with their wives (Col 3:19). The opposite of respect is contempt, and the opposite of harshness is gentleness. It has been said that men need love in the form of respect and admiration, and women need love in the form of affection and attention. If this is the case, then the enemy of human nature, as master of division, will seek to ruin marriages by inducing men to be rough and brutish towards their wives, and women to be critical and contemptuous towards their husbands. Of course, these are generalizations and simplifications, but they have their uses.

“Go Tell Peter”

There is a phrase in the Gospel of Saint Mark that appears in none of the other three Gospels. It is unique to Saint Mark, and it relates to Saint Peter. We know from Acts of the Apostles and elsewhere that Saint Mark was Saint Peter’s traveling companion and secretary. His Gospel, therefore, has the authority of Saint Peter’s own personal testimony.

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