Matrimony: Your Love Revealed in their Pledge of Love

What a great gift we have in the Sacrament of Matrimony! This was revealed to me by the way my parents lived this sacrament. I share this reflection with you that together we may thank God for all the love He pours into our hearts through our families and most of all through the sacrifices and love of those out of love for each other gave life to us.

Together let us pray for our parents as we pray for the strengthening of the family in our world today.

Sr. Cora


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How great is your love, O Jesus!
At the dawn of creation
You and the Eternal Father called
Forth Adam from the dust of the earth.
So great his loneliness,
In compassion, You created Eve
From his side: Flesh of his flesh
And bone of his bone.

Made in your image and likeness;
Called to love as you love:
To be one– A man and a woman
Generously pour themselves out
For their spouse and their family,
Joining together in sacred friendship,
Forming a family with you at the center.
Opening wide the arms of their heart,
They reach out, so all may find a home;
a place at the table. They tell the old stories
And laugh at the old jokes.

You who give yourself to us
In simple gifts of bread and wine at table.
We lowly ones need to see:
Again and again, couple after couple,
Your love revealed in their pledge of love:
I promise to be faithful to you
In good times and in bad,
In sickness and in health,
Till death do us part.

Their gift of enduring love reveals
To us Your face, O Jesus! In them we see You!
Their laughter, echoes your joy;
Their tears, a part of your sorrow.
They are our mothers and fathers,
Our brothers and sisters.
They give life by being who they are.
Plain spoken; they try not to impress.
But bless us with their presence.
They are who they are: Good people, solid people:
The Salt of the earth!
How great is your love, O Jesus!

 

A Eucharistic Congress to be held September 11-12, 2009

All are invited to attend a Eucharistic Congress on September 11-12, 2009 in Washington, DC at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Congress, entitled Sacrifice of Enduring Love, is sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). There is no charge for admission to the two-day event that will explore three vocations in depth — the Priesthood, Religious Life, and Marriage. In addition to other displays, a piece of the actual tilma of St. Juan Diego will be exhibited. For more information about the Congress, visit www.cmswr.org or write: P.O. Box 4467, Washington, DC 20017.

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