Saturday, August 20, 2016

Praying for Life: Faith and Love in Marriage

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Praying for Life: August 2016

May married couples, encouraged by Our Lady's example, give witness to faith and love through their marriages.

 Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Married couples are called to give witness to faith with love that is total, faithful, and fruitful, and therefore open to life. This love, though beautiful, is not easy.
But we can take courage from Our Lady’s faith. As Pope Francis reminded us last August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption, “Mary believes and proclaims that God does not leave his humble and poor children alone, but helps them with mercy, with care.”*
One wife and mother asks, “Is God trustworthy? For many of us, the idea of being open to children can be a scary prospect.” Find out why she shares later, “the next time we’re asked ‘Are you done?’ we can say, ‘We don't know yet. God's not finished working with us.’”
Acts of Reparation (choose one)
  • Spend some time in prayer, focusing upon one or more of the Scripture passages suggested in “Coffee & Conversation.” What is God saying to you? 
  • Reflect: What are some life experiences when you took the more challenging road? What did God give you through those experiences?
  • Pray one decade of the Rosary, reflecting on the Second Luminous Mystery, the Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1-12). (Pro-life reflections for this mystery are available to guide your prayer.)
One Step Further 
Read “Love, Sex, and Sterilization.” This article explores the Church’s beautiful teaching on love and sexuality, as it pertains to sterilization, with encouragement and an invitation to deeper relationships with God and with one’s spouse. 
*Excerpt from Angelus, Saturday 15 August 2015 © 2015, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City. Used with permission. All rights reserved. 

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