[quote=compactdiss]Here’s a good story.
Yesterday I went to the shrine and bought a Miraculous Medal. After buying it I looked it over and wanted better quality. I took it back to the store and returned the medal. When I got home I had in the mail a letter from the Miraculous Medal Association and in the letter they included a Miraculous Medal!
Unreal! I’ve decided to skip out on the crux gemmata and in fact I have stopped reading the book, even though I know it is fiction-I’m hesitant to continue reading it.
That is great! It’s not really a coincidence, it’s a God-incidence.
I believe it is better to read good material that builds up our faith by presenting ideas that do not plant the seeds of doubt. The very idea that Jesus married someone and no one bothered to mention it in the NT or in the Early Church Fathers is just plain ridiculous. I can’t imagine why anyone would buy into such a notion except that it titillates or because would be a scandal to the Church if true. Sadly, there are even Catholics who want to believe this to push their own agendas.
Certain royal families in Europe wanted to believe that they were the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene so they could claim a divine right to rule. As I understand it, this idea was based on a heretical work that came out after the time of the NT and the ECFs. If I’m wrong, I’m sure someone will correct me.