And so, if complementarity and family is integral to God's plan for creation, it would make sense that if the devil and his minions wanted to sabotage God's plans, they would go after the these things. Pope Benedict, one of the clearest thinkers of our age, spoke on this back in 2012. I want to quote to you from what he said, then I want to pick the quote apart because Pope Benedict is a deep thinker:
"Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him...from being a subject of rights, the child has become an object to which people have a right and which they have a right to obtain. When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man."
All of this stems from a denial that God made us and has a plan for us. And the results aren't hard to find. Marriage continues to take on new and bizarre forms. Aside from the homosexual marriage phenomenon that has been sweeping our country, start learning the words throuple or monagamish. Throuple refers to three people being married, and monagamish refers to couples that are faithful to each other but open to others. It's all coming. And of course abortion continues to be a scourge on our society, and now euthanasia is starting to make strides as well. Children are being created in petri dishes in order to be experimented upon. Now, all of this has been present in one form or another since the fall of man, but it's always happened in secret and in shame. Never before has such disrespect and abuse of the human person been declared good and wholesome.
Yes, the devil is very good at what he does. He knows that to wreak the most damage possible on God's creation, he had to go after the family. Step one in fighting back is to acknowledge that I have a creator. Say, "Eternal Father, you are my creator and I adore you." I've heard of this line being used at exorcisms, the priest challenges the person to say the line, "Eternal Father, you are my creator and I adore you," because as long as the person is possessed, they cannot say it. The devil cannot, will not acknowledge God as creator and worship him, and he wants to drag you down to the same level. So step one in combating the devil's plans is to acknowledge God as Lord and Creator.
And then, once you've acknowledged God the Father as your creator, you want to ask yourself what the repercussions of this might be. Number one is this: If God made you, that means you didn't make yourself. This is basic, but our world is intent on forgetting it. I didn't make myself, therefore, I don't get to call all the shots about me. The one who made me does. I have an obligation to learn about this one who made me and made the world, and to come to understand his purpose for it all. Luckily, he didn't leave us empty-handed in this crucial task, he gave us a Church with real teaching authority to make him known to us. So then, once you have God's purpose fixed in your mind and heart, then anytime the worlds come at with you with some new idea concerning these fundamental truths, you can ask yourself, "Is this stemming from the way God created and ordered the world, or is this stemming from a denial of God as creator?" If it stems from a denial of God and doesn't resonate with the teaching of God's Church, then you know to reject it outright.
Our God loves you and he wants to draw you to himself. This feast of the Holy Family, celebrated within the Christmas Octave, is how he wants to manifest one particular aspect of his love. Accept his love by living in the truth he offers rather than the lies that the world proposes. Accept his love, conform your life to it, and let that love lead you to eternal life.