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Monday, June 4, 2012

Pray for Marriages (Love & Suffering)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Everyone loves the romantic vision of love.  But can there be love without suffering? 

Contemplate the following:

“Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain.   Pope Benedict XVI

Christ not only taught us but showed us, that love means pouring oneself out for another.

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others. Phil 2:1-4

In pouring ourselves out, we not only mature in love, but we begin to reflect Christ’s love.   What could be more intoxicating in a marriage than to be looking at the reflection of Christ?  Pray for spouses, that they have the courage, faith, and resolve to become more selfless, and if they are already selfless, that they can find joy in their beautiful sacrifice of love.     

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Help others reflect the light of Christ.  Pass it on.