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Posted on 02/15/2014 1:39:40 PM PST by NYer
To stay together and to know how to love each other for ever is the challenge Christian married couples face, Pope Francis said during an unusual meeting on February 14Valentines Daywith more than 10,000 engaged couples.
The meeting, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, drew a far larger audience than Vatican officials had expected. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, whose office arranged the days events, conceded that numbers are not everything, but was clearly happy with the attendance of so many young couples, telling LOsservatore Romano that their enthusiasm says a lot.
The days events began with a series of testimonies from young couples, punctuated by songs and poetry about human love. Pope Francis arrived shortly after noon, and delivered an address in which he stressed the importance of a relationship founded on faith. The more you entrust yourselves to the Lord, the more your love will be 'for ever, able to renew itself and to overcome every difficulty, he said.
Today many people are afraid of making definitive decisions, that affect them for all their lives, because it seems impossible, the Pope said. He suggested that married couples should see their love not as a state of mind, but as a relationship that they are always building together. You would not wish to build it on the shifting sands of emotions, but on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God, he said.
Offering a few words of advice to the couples preparing for marriage, the Pope said that they should remember always to be kind to each other. St. Francis said that 'courtesy is the sister of charity, it extinguishes hatred and kindles love, he reminded them. Let us learn to recognize our mistakes and to apologize.
Regarding wedding ceremonies, the Holy Father said that the celebration should be a Christian rather than a worldly one. He encouraged them to let the external signs of your wedding feast reveal the presence of the Lord.
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Gay? Staight? Mixed?
Romantic, eh? Not really. St. Valentine, pray for us.
ok..the candy and flowers ARE better!
“...Romantic eh? not really...”
Thanks for the info! I do have a devotion to St. Valentine as an early martyr for the faith. I never did get the connection made today with all the romance; Hallmark certainly stretched it and made a mint or something like that anyway.
Other versions of the legend of St. Valentine say that he performed marriages for couples when the empire had made it illegal ... thus the connection with romance.
Soldiers were not allowed to marry, the logic being that having a family to think about would weaken their resolve in battle.
Right. Probably wasn’t great for the birthrate, keeping a lot of men from getting married until they were in their late 40s. The legitimate birthrate, at least ...
Pope shares Valentine's Day with 10,000 engaged couples
I read that title as "pope shares Valentine's Day with 10000 enraged couples".
Darn dislexica. It's more fun my way.
So very special. For those who may not know, there is an Engaged Encounter that is very similar to the Marriage Encounter format.
You’re really cool, you know that?
I will look into it - Thanks! Our second oldest daughter just got engaged and is looking for pre-cana or the equivalent. Both live in Manhattan and are “always” at work due to being new associate lawyer law firm hires. Not that they are complaining!! Both love their jobs - however a week end would best for them - I assume Engaged Encounter is a week end commitment? Anwyay we will look into it!