If we don't get marriage and family right we will lose our grasp also of religious life and its charisms of adoration, contemplation, selfless service, and even the gift of celibacy which help define and shape our understanding of the sanctity of marital union. The attack on marriage and family is an attack against the vocation of love which we all share.
Religious life helps complete the breath and vastness of the interior castle, the potential of love -- echoes of the adorned and pure love God had prepared for us in the garden as man, and as woman.
The threat to religious life (chaste life) is a corollary to Pope Francis' observation, that a culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family," he said April 22 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.
(Below) St. Matthias Church in Buda Castle, Budapest, is a wonderous inner sanctum that one can easily liken to the "interior castle" of which St. Teresa of Avila so fondly writes.