Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 21:48 pm
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston encouraged thousands of pilgrims at a catechesis talk in Rio de Janeiro to choose carefully and use the right criteria when picking a spouse.
“Don’t marry someone because they’re rich or you share the same hobbies, marry someone because you share the same sense of mission,” he said July 26 at the city’s entertainment venue, Vivo Rio.
“Get married to have children!” he emphasized to the young people present.
Millions of pilgrims from across the globe poured into Rio for the July 23-28 World Youth Day events, which include three mornings of catechesis sessions with various bishops.
Cardinal O’Malley advised about 5,000 English-speaking young adults gathered at his catechesis session to avoid the trap of the “hook up culture” and of cohabitation.
“That’s just a train wreck waiting to happen,” he said. “When you’re looking for a spouse, pray to the Holy Spirit to find the right person and pray to be the right person.”
He also urged them to consider adoption rather than abortion in the case of a crisis pregnancy.
The cardinal interacted with the audience as he spoke of the importance of evangelizing in the West even more than in poorer countries.