Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Reflections for married couples

In my life as a priest, I come in contact with many married couples. Most often it’s young couples preparing for marriage, always happy and exuberant. There are also happily married couples who are sacrificing their lives for their children, giving everything they’ve got to see them happy and being role-models for them. Then there are those who in their golden years, stay together through illness and dementia, through hospitalizations and eventual departure from this world. Then there are those who are struggling in their relationship, and to these I go out of my way to listen, to guide, to help and to motivate to hang in there, through thick and thin, because they promised each other in front of God to stay together in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. 
To all these I dedicate these reflections. In the early years they discovered love, gently unfolding  in their hearts, whispering of the joy to come. On their wedding day, they all found dreams that will come true, creating memories that they would cherish for a lifetime. Throughout their life together they followed a special journey, hand in hand, eager to explore a world of promise. And forever they would share and everlasting love that could come from God alone.
And a quote I always share in my marriage homilies, with apologies if some think it’s crude or offensive, but how true it is.....to keep a marriage healthy and brimming with life, whenever you’re wrong, admit it, but whenever you’re right, just shut up!

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