The most recent development of the U.S. Bishops’ National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage is the pastoral letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan,” which was released in mid-November. As the Initiative moves forward, it’s important to find ways to support the bishops’ efforts to draw attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and society.
Married couples in general, including those in our faith communities, face an incredible number of stresses today. What is your parish doing to offer them needed support? Is yours a community that only finds out about a couple divorcing after the papers are filed? Or does a couple turn to the parish for support during difficult times in their relationship?
What is your parish doing to help newlyweds through those crucial early years of marriage during which most divorces occur? What about the empty-nesters, whose children are grown and gone, who may need help rediscovering what drew them together in the first place?
Make a resolution to do more to support the marriages in your community—and let couples know that you are there to do so. Check out the Every Day Catholic (G0208) “Til Death Do Us Part—Is It Possible Today?”
Order copies for small groups, engaged couples, those married in the past three years and couples with recent high-school graduates.
A free group process is available at catalog.americancatholic.org/guide
. It will help you and other group facilitators plan for gatherings of adults using this publication. Order additional copies of this issue of Every Day Catholic
for the rest of the parish. Make them available on World Marriage Day
, February 14, 2010.
Let your community know that your parish values and supports marriage. Then put some action behind your words.