The family … is the “cradle” of life and of every vocation. We are well aware that the family founded on marriage is the natural environment in which to bear and raise children and thereby guarantee the future of all of humanity. However, we also know that marriage is going through a deep crisis and today must face numerous challenges. It is consequently necessary to defend, help, safeguard and value it in its unrepeatable uniqueness. If this commitment is in the first place the duty of spouses, it is also a priority duty of the Church and of every public institution to support the family by means of pastoral and political initiatives that take into account the real needs of married couples, of the elderly and of the new generations.
Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus (February 4, 2007)
Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself.
Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum caritatis (February 22, 2007)
The following are resources to help you become the person and spouse God created you to be.
Engaged Encounter - A wedding is a day, A marriage is a lifetime.
|Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat away with other engaged couples with plenty of time alone together to plan for a sacramental marriage. It is designed to give couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together - their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, their role in the church and society - in a face to face way.
For more information about just what happens on a weekend, or to locate a Catholic Engaged Encounter Community in a specific Diocese or Locality, Click Here.
Marriage Encounter - A weekend of discovery ... a lifetime of love!
Looking for the perfect weekend? A weekend to bring you and your spouse closer together? A WWME weekend is exactly what you are looking for. At a Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original and continually updated marriage enrichment program, you get away from the distractions of everyday life and focus on each other. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage. Read how other couples have described how the weekend has changed their marriages.
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