“Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences.” ~John Piper
It has been proven that couples who spend regular time in communication and prayer have happier, stronger marriages than those who don’t. Unfortunately, as a couple, it is too easy to fall into the habit of just discussing the day-to-day details of life. Although that is necessary and good, deeper communication is needed for a healthy and happy marriage. I am excited to share with you that we have added two new titles to the St. Mary of the Hills Parish library. These two books can help couples who desire to have a closer relationship but aren’t quite sure where to start. Blessed is Marriage by John Bosio is a guide to the Beatitudes for Catholic couples. “Each chapter explores a beatitude as the loving attitude of our Christian life” and includes a short reading, suggestions for applying what you have read to your life, a prayer that can be prayed together, and discussion questions. Intimate Graces by Teresa Tomeo and Dominick Pastore is about how “applying the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy can bring out the best in any marriage. They use personal stories and reflections to show how a husband and wife can become a haven of compassion and virtue for each other.” Each chapter includes reflection questions, practical suggestions, and a prayer. Stop by the library today (located across from the women’s restroom) and borrow one of these new books because “books don’t change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences.”
Have a joyful week!
Coordinator of Volunteer and Marriage Enrichment Ministries
(248) 243-0254 Email
In an effort to help more marriages become “solid and stable”, St. Mary’s has formed a Marriage Ministry Team. Ideally, this team will be made up of 8-10 couples who would identify needs and offer programs, resources, and activities for couples going through the various stages, phases, circumstances and challenges of married life. If you and your spouse have a desire to help strengthen marriages and would be interested in being part of the Marriage Ministry Team, please contact me Email or at (248) 243-0254.
Honor your mate’s personality difference. Although the trait that you loved when you were dating can annoy you when you live with it 24/7, use your differences to develop your shadow side and become a fuller person. ~Susan Vogt, www.susanvogt.net
Web Resources for Catholic Marriages:
Retrouvaille…a Lifeline for Troubled Marriages – The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It is a lifeline for troubled marriages. It provides the tools for couples to put their marriage in order again. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. It gives couples the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a new and positive way. Both English and Spanish weekend programs.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter – The Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication they can use for the rest of their lives. It’s a chance to look deeply into their marital relationship and their relationship with God. The emphasis is on communication and for couples to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. Both English and Spanish weekend programs.
For Your Marriage – The US Bishops web site for marriages that has an abundance of articles, information, links, newsletter, blogs, and other resources to support couples on the journey of marriage. Whether pre-marriage, newly married, or further along the marriage journey, this web site offers a wealth or practical information and support to strengthen and build Catholic marriages. Both English and Spanish web sites.
Marriage: Unique for a Reason – Marriage: Unique for a Reason is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The web site offers multi-media resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.