Catholic & Single

June 06, 2012
Marriage of the Lamb
By Anthony Buono

No matter how many times I attend Mass, I still rarely attend with the presence of mind to realize I am attending a marriage ceremony.  The most central and important aspect of my Christian life, and it just doesn’t occur to me that this is a wedding taking place.

More specifically, the Mass is the marriage of the Lamb; Christ, the bridegroom, wedding His bride, the Church.

I became very interested in this concept a few years ago while becoming curious about the specific Scripture...

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May 09, 2012
The Vow: a story of true love
By Anthony Buono

About a month ago, I went to see the movie “The Vow” fully prepared for it to be an overall disappointment.  It certainly delivered, except for one scene that actually makes the movie worth seeing. The mother tells her upset daughter that she stayed with her husband after learning of his lengthy affair because she decided she was not going to punish him for his one mistake. She stayed with him because of all the things he did right, not the one thing he did wrong.

It was this powerful...

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April 18, 2012
Bring your luggage, don’t lug your baggage
By Anthony Buono

If you haven’t yet seen the film "October Baby" yet, find the time to do so. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. It’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen.

I’m not going to critique the film or focus on the obvious pro-life aspect of the story (that’s for you to discover for yourself), but rather I want to mention a wonderful secondary aspect of the film that has much to do with dating and the meaning of love.

A young man and young woman (both college age) are the main...

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April 04, 2012
Meditation on the Crucifix
By Anthony Buono

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others."

~ St. Clare of Assisi

We are destined to become a resurrected and glorious son or daughter of God, with God forever in heaven. Our...

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March 28, 2012
I only have eyes for you
By Anthony Buono

In 1959, The Flamingos sang the romantic song, “I Only Have Eyes For You,” telling of love’s blindness to surroundings while eyes are fixed on the beloved.

Who doesn’t want love that is seen in the gazing into each other’s eyes?

Today, it might be sung that “I only have eyes for my phone.”  The longing to be together in person and make the kind of eye contact that shares an exchange of souls is being replaced with an obnoxious obsession to constantly gaze into the illumined...

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March 21, 2012
'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word
By Anthony Buono

The association to being a Christian and a Catholic comes with a great personal responsibility. It is no doubt an expectation of those who know us to be a Christian that we act like one. This is a natural expectation.

People seem to lose the focus about what they expect from a Christian when it comes to forgiveness and mercy.  It’s more important that the Christian is expected to show mercy rather than they not commit sin.  To sin is human, but to forgive is Godly.  Jesus clearly...

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March 07, 2012
Fasting that can help your love life
By Anthony Buono

Lent is a time when we make an attempt to address things about our corporeal and spiritual lives that need addressing.

Unfortunately, it seems that many of us are still approaching the Lenten fast like we did as a child, choosing not only childish things for the fast but also a childish attitude, namely deciding what to “give up.”

Many give up sweets as a gesture of putting aside objectively good things associated with feasting to live the days of mourning in preparation for when they...

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February 28, 2012
Attachment in human love
By Anthony Buono

Love between a man and a woman is one of the most beautiful things in the world. But what happens when the love with that person becomes the most important thing in your life?

There is nothing more natural than wanting to be loved. We need it. We need it from our parents and family as we grow up, and we need it as we interact socially as adults.

We all have a fundamental desire to be loved by at least one person who knows us and fulfills our every personal need. And with marital love,...

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February 15, 2012
Just give me a hug
By Anthony Buono

If you don’t know the power of a hug, then you are probably not having much success in your relationships.

To hug is to heal. To be hugged is to be healed. To not hug is to deprive.

I am not exaggerating when I say that hugs have the power to convert. A person having the worst day of their lives can be instantly restored to peace and contentment when they receive a hug from one who loves and cares for them. A miserable person can muster up a smile when they are hugged with love and...

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February 08, 2012
The silent treatment
By Anthony Buono

Have you ever given or received the silent treatment? Chances are good that most of you have.

I think this AT&T commercial about the silent treatment is very clever and will give you a good laugh. Like most jokes, there is an element of truth to it. In particular, the angst that accompanies the silent treatment, as portrayed by the girl in this commercial.

It’s not the silence that is the problem. It’s the intent behind it. There’s nothing wrong with silence. But when you purposely...

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