Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea church in San Francisco, gave a 10-minute homily on Sunday, July 26.

The main thrust of the homily was that we are children of God, endowed with right reason and free will. And that distinguishes us from the animals.

Father Illo gave the example of the monkeys who reach for food inside hollow coconuts tied by Polynesian hunters to trees and cannot let go of the food to get their hands out.

Following is a 15-second excerpt from the homily:

“Marriage is not a compromise. It’s 100 percent from both parties. Both parties at certain points of any marriage have to give 100 percent. It’s all in with all in the family. And that’s why it’s a sacrament, a sign and channel of God’s grace, of His love for us.”