February 10, 2019

Today is World Marriage Day, It is a day to celebrate the sacrament of marriage. So, I have been thinking about what marriage really is all about. In the Catholic Church it is a sacrament. Sacraments bring grace to those who receive them. It is a vocation. We should take the sacrament seriously.  In addition to marriage being a sacrament, marriage has multiple other facets. Marriage is a contract
it has an offer, acceptance, consideration, mutuality of obligation, competency and capacity. How romantic is that! It is a way of life, an obligation to another person. It is one of the greatest decisions you ever make.

You are in LOVE!  In my opinion, Love means you only want what is best for the other person and are willing to sacrifice for that person. As hard as planning the wedding might be living the married life is when it gets really hard. LOVE will only get you so far. Since marriage is a sacrament you have a reserve. Grace, a way for God to give us the help we need to live our lives.

Your decisions in marriage not only effect you but your partner. Compromise is constant. All the cute little quirks are now making you crazy. It is hard, people change, life happens. Many people throw in the towel. Many hold on tight. It amazes me that my parents were married more than 65 years. You see many of these long marriages in our parishes. The work that went into these long term marriages
must be unbelievable. They held on. Yet, if you love what you do you never work a day in your life.

“Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day”.
                                             Barbara De Angelis.

 

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