“The Lord God said: ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.’ ” —Genesis 2:18
The first spoken words in the Holy Bible from man are about the topic of marriage. Adam rejoices that he has been given his beloved wife Eve: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gn 2:23). The last time a human speaks in the Bible is likewise a word of rejoicing about a marriage: the Bride, that is, the Church, together with the Holy Spirit say, “Come!” (Rv 22:17) The bride rejoices that she and her spouse are united in marriage. The Scriptures between the beginning marriage and the ending marriage are all interconnected in the ardent love of God for mankind and the human longing for union with the Lord. The entire Bible is sandwiched between two shouts of married joy (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1602).
Marcy and Tom Renken, Celebrate Marriage Leaders at Our Lady of the Greenwood talk with Jim and Brigid about this marriage enrichment program, how they got it started and what is needed to start a marriage ministry at your parish. Also on May 15 there is a Celebrate Fun Amazing Race Photo Scavenger Hunt Event. For details about the event and Celebrate Marriage Ministry, the website is www.celebratemarriageministry.com
PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: A GIFT OF THE CHURCH – OUR GUEST FATHER WILL SUMMERLIN, ASSOCIATE PASTOR, ST. ELIZABETH SETON, CARMEL TALKS WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY ABOUT THE SACRAMENT MARRIAGE AND THE PROCESS OF PREPARING COUPLES FOR A LIFE LONG, HAPPY MARRIAGE. THE WEBPAGE FOR ST. ELIZABETH SETON IS WWW.SETONCARMEL.ORG
EXPLORING THE 5 STAGES OF MARRIAGE – OUR GUEST MICHAEL O’CONNELL, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST WITH JOYFUL COUNSELING TALKS WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY ABOUT THE 5 STAGES OF MARRIAGE AND HOW COUPLES CAN RECOGNIZE THEM AND KEEP THEIR MARRIAGE THRIVING. FOR DETAILS ABOUT JOYFUL COUNSELING THE WEBPAGE IS JOYFULCOUNSELINGINDY.COM
Noblesville, IN—Making a marriage work in modern times requires a novel approach. “It’s not a ‘her way’ or ‘his way’ approach that works,” says Dan Farrell, St. Maria Goretti parishioner, but rather a “third option” exists for couples who choose to activate a relationship-building way of life in their marriage.
The state has an interest in marriage. Marriage, in a secular sense, is for the purpose of perpetuating citizens, civilization and taxpayers. Marriage is the institution that bonds the mother and father together to care for their offspring so the state doesn’t have to. Putting religion and the recent constitutionality of same-sex unions aside, the state has a very important interest in marriage between one man and one woman, in a permanent, monogamous union. The logical reason supported by history is marriage across time and culture creates order and stability in society.