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Monday, July 31, 2017

Pray for Marriages (A Pathway to Holiness)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

“The sacrament of Matrimony establishes a perpetual and exclusive bond between the spouses. God himself seals the consent of the spouses. Therefore, a marriage which is ratified and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved. Furthermore, this sacrament bestows upon the spouses the grace necessary to attain holiness in their married life and to accept responsibly the gift of children and provide for their education. CCC 1638-1642

Interestingly, the catechetical teaching above happened to land in my inbox today and several parts jumped out at me.  What parts touch you?  While a marriage “can never be dissolved” may hit a chord with some, I was struck by the statement that through the sacrament of marriage, [Christ] bestows upon the spouses the grace necessary to attain holiness.  WOW!  The grace is there, but are we accepting this gift?
     
Marital difficulties arise in all marriages, but do we pause to consider that these difficulties may be a grace which creates a path to holiness? Perhaps if our faith is at least that of a mustard seed, His grace will do the rest.  Our marriages will flourish, no longer withered by the heat, but shaded by time, fortitude, sacrifice, and patience. 

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. Ephesians 4:23-24

Thank you almighty God, for the generosity of your grace.  Help us to always have the faith to believe that you will never leave us, that you fortify each marriage with all the grace needed for the journey, and that you will help us each attain holiness.  You are our hope.  May we be with you forever in eternity!

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

We've already been given the grace!  Pass it on!