National Marriage Week
Feb 9, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It gets confusing many times. There are many days and weeks dedicated to various groups e.g. religious sisters and brothers, the babies, the incarcerated, the environment, days like Martin Luther King Day, Independence Day and, lest I forget, groundhog day. Invariably in our Church, we are asked to remember many other events or people. Too often, I am reminded after the event and, many times, miss a great opportunity to celebrate with the folks.
This week is National Marriage Week. A wonderful time to reflect on the gift of marriage. Pope St. John Paul II reminded us that the married state is designed to lead toward the mutual sanctification of both the husband and wife.
An article in Our Sunday Visitor lists 8 tips from experts to improve marriage.
1. Be more intentional--embrace God's plan for your marriage.
2. Embrace commitment--divorce never, murder perhaps (humor)
3. Spend time together--"how was your day?" a date night once a month at least.
4. Build a spiritual foundation--make Christ a part of your daily life, prayer, communion, Penance
5. Be attentive to the little things--pick up, clean up, without being asked.
6. Ask the help of the diocese--there is enrichment--Marriage Encounter, troubled marriages-Retourvaille-other enrichment opportunities.
7. Seek out marriage enrichment opportunities --St. Mary sponsors "Dynamic Catholic presents Passion and Purpose for Marriage March 17 1-5p.m., see other opportunities in bulletin.
8. Be faithful to Church teaching, even and, maybe, especially on contraception.
These suggestions would work well if you discuss them one at a time in your time spend together as couples. God bless all of you.
p.s. Don't forget the groundhog predicted an early spring, didn't see his/her shadow.