Far More Precious Than Jewels

Proverbs 31 is a magnificent paean of praise to the virtuous wife, one of the greatest blessings a man could ever hope for on this side of eternity. Even after the faithful interpreter has identified the cultural elements in this much-neglected chapter, what remains is timeless and transcendent. Virtue, the Church teaches us, is the higher part of the human person that bears most clearly the image of God.

I cannot imagine what I would be today without my wife. If the family is the school for holiness, the godly wife (or husband) is the spiritual formator par excellence. Today marks our 40th wedding anniversary, and I thank you, dear Lord, for Debbie, your priceless gift who has graced my life and brought such joy!

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all’” (Prov. 31:28-29).

With our grandson Andrew.

With our grandson Andrew.