Teresa Collett had planned to speak to us on religious freedom, but she changed her topic at the last minute after inspiration from the October Synod of Bishops on the family.
She explained that marriage is a key point of debate in our times, and she gave us several of the competing arguments surrounding marriage. The arguments centered on themes such as whether the expectation of permanence is realistic, whether homosexual marriage is acceptable, how polygamous relationships are negotiated after Christianization, and even some of the financial burdens of married life. These themes, she explained, are present across the globe.
She also explained that when she moved to the University of St. Thomas (from Texas), she expected to find a vibrant young adult Catholic life. However, it was not until she attended Vespers at Lourdes that she encountered this. In fact, she expressed in her talk that it was quite moving for her, and she said she would love to be invited back.
Amidst all the competing arguments surrounding marriage, Teresa was clear that she stands with Christ and his Church. She closed her talk by saying, “Get married and stay married.” We are very thankful that Teresa took time from her busy schedule to be with us.