Love and Marriage Support

This collection of Catholic marriage quotes and resources from a variety of Church documents and Saints, and authors of marriage books, can be read, shared, and reflected upon by married couples and couples preparing for marriage, as well as the parishioners who support them on their journey.

First a scripture on marriage and divorce that you often hear at weddings:

When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.

Great crowds followed him, and he cured them there.

Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”

He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’

and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.

They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss [her]?”

He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.”

[His] disciples said to him, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.

He answered, “Not all can accept [this] word, but only those to whom that is granted.

Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.” — Matthew 19:1


Marriage is not only a sacrament, but a very serious commitment as well. We only should enter into this relationship when we can accept all that it brings. In our present day more people seem to divorce, for example, but in the ‘old days’ people stuck with their marriage no matter what. For this reason it is important for us men to consistently be a Man of God, and to surround ourselves with people who are solid pro-marriage. Below are some scriptures and quotes to support love and the marriage covenant:

Love that leads to marriage is a gift from God and a great act of faith toward other human beings.

St. Pope John Paul II

Just as God’s love is stable and lasts forever, we want the love on which a family is based to be stable and to last forever. We must not allow ourselves to be conquered by a ‘throwaway culture.’

Pope Francis Meeting with Engaged Couples at the Vatican, St. Valentine’s Day 2014.

Website – Marriage: Unique for a Reason is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.

St. Rose of Lima

A woman’s most security need is often for her assistance that her husband is committed to her.

Dr. Gary Chapman

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love

Saint Mother Teresa

The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.

St. John Vianney

Often a matter of focus: Why is it when we are dating, we focus time and attention on each other. But after a few years of marriage we focus on everything else. Fact is, we desperately need each other.

Dr. Gary Chapman

Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Any rejection of bodiliness will immediately target two beautiful but demanding and sometimes inconvenient realities: marriage and the child.

Bishop Olmstead at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2019

Archdiocese of Chicago Marriage and Family Ministry Team.

Finally, enter the word marriage, love, or divorce into the search box on this blog for the latest articles and resources.

National Marriage Week

The observances of National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.

Also, the website For Your Marriage, is a resource of the US Catholic Bishops and, helps couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources.

National Marriage Week USA is every February 4th to the 17th.


Fixer and Feeler

As the story goes, there was a husband and a wife who would together take their dog for a walk each day. As the wife talked about her thoughts the husband would interrupt as he tried to solve the problems. By the time they got back home, often they would both be more frustrated than when they left.

Then one day the man shared this with his priest during a light conversation, and the priest shared with the man how most women are feelers. To instead just spend time listening to his wife, and when he became frustrated by what she was saying, or trigger his emotions, to just keep moving and listen.

So the next time while out for a dog walk the man just kept quiet as his wife kept talking about her thoughts. Before you know it, the wife realized they got home and the husband didn’t have his turn to talk. What happened is that she talked herself through her thoughts, and that was the purpose the husband served.

So guy’s, we listen to fix and women listen to feel. But, more important, with all the information overload that we have in our culture today, it is important to listen to what people mean, not just what they are saying.

Sometimes it is best to just be in the moment, and not try to fix the moment, our wives want simply our time.

The Secret Formula In Friendship Love

By Frank J Casella

I’ve heard it said often, the best way to find a girlfriend or boyfriend is at church. I often chuckle at this, because many couples I talk to who’ve been married a long times says the best way is to remove the “girl” and the “boy’ and just be ‘friends’.

In our culture today if you’re dating someone it usually means you are having sex with them. The interesting thing I find is that when you remove the sex from dating how fast the “boy” and “girl” talk about marriage.  For this reason ….

Read the rest of the story on CMCS Flickr

Fr. Barron on the SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Details – One reason the Supreme Court’s decision has been rather shocking to American Catholics is that we have had, at least for the last century or so, a fairly benign relationship with the environing culture. But now the Church finds itself opposed by the ideology of secularism. So what do we do?

via Word on Fire Videos

 

 

A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Most people enter marriage wanting the best for their spouses and themselves. They want their love to last forever. They hope life won’t be too hard and that they too can have the American dream of children, a home and a happy life. These are good things to aspire to. The Catholic Church has similar desires for married couples but goes further. The Church wants good marriages to become great! How? By living God’s plan for married love!

via Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great « For Your Marriage.