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The Call to Marriage

The Lord calls us in many ways, and different people answer different calls. In Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner." and in verse 24, he says, "Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh." 

Marriage is officially counted among the seven sacraments. A sacrament is an outward sign of our commitment to God and for those who choose marriage, there is a responsibility that comes with it- a lifetime commitment is made to our partner and a lifetime commitment to spread God's presence to the world through the sacrament of marriage. In a sacramental marriage the couple have both the mission and the power to make Jesus present to each other, to their children, and anyone whom they touch as a couple.

To maintain a happy marriage work together to accomplish your goals as a couple. Living out your commitment is not always easy but by the grace of God all things are possible. If we remember to:

  • have open and honest communication
  • treat each other as we would like to be treated
  • be gentle with each other
  • don't try to change the other person
  • compromise - try to arrive at a mutual solution and remember we don't always get our own way
  • the question is not so much who is right, but what is right for the marriage.

Commitment is the key word in a marriage. If couples are really committed to each other they will handle the small problems before they get out of hand and rejoice in the good times knowing that their union is blessed by God. 

Keeping this in mind we know St. Paul was right when he said to the Corinthians,
Love is patient, love is kind
love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way 
it is not irritable or resentful
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth, 
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all    things.
Love never ends. (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

Merle Ackerman

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