I definitely think that a sacrament can heal the pornification of love. I think that by the definition of love from Marion and Ratzinger love is something that can heal all wounds. An example that I can think of that exemplifies this is the effects of hookup culture on future partners. If a person who was involved with hookup culture is eventually looking to settle down their past experience with love could have a negative effect on their future relationships.
The type of relationships that many people at my age could be referred to as a serial hookup and can create false perceptions of love within a person. True love requires a lot more consciousness and awareness than the type that college students are used to. The sacrament of marriage is still such a far away event for many of us that I think this pornification can be healed in time. Those of us who fall into the “ring by spring” category are most likely not experiencing the hookup culture that exists on campus and therefore requires less healing.
Marion’s comments on the “autism of love” definitely stood out to me in his argument. The fact that we love to see ourselves in other people’s lives is definitely true. I think that this concept can even cause a new type of destruction of love because people commonly confuse this with genuine love. It is very common for people to believe that they have fallen in love with someone only to find out that they fell in love with the idea of being in love. I think this can be solved with multiple romantic experiences. As people move through life they will eventually find it easier to differentiate between the autism of love and real love.
Another thing that stuck out to me was the concept of the gaze. The sacrament of marriage requires a couple to maintain eye contact for a long period of time which could be a good example of this gaze. The idea that romantic relationships now are fueled by sacraments was also interesting. The fact that giving someone a dozen roses has a fueled meaning that would be lost if they were referred to as 12 red flowers.