Friday Feedback 3

What is your overall impression of this prep?
I feel more prepared to enter into our marriage be cause we have had meaningful conversations.

Did it meet your expectations?
This absolutely, went above and beyond my expectations! I loved how flexible it was being online, considering we had to juggle different countries and time zones. Our instructors gave us insight on aspects of our marriage I never realized.

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Okinawa Fioretti

"Your seminar on Okinawa this weekend was wonderful. I have a greater sense of my vocation and I have a renewed spirit that with God's grace I can fulfill his will. Merci," Jerome

"Something else that stood out to me was the role of the women.  I never saw it as being such a blessing to be a woman.  When seeing it as you have put it, it makes me see that indeed we play such a big role.  Being a military spouse it’s sometimes hard to see how important you really are.  Being the spouse and a at home mom of an active duty member everything revolves around HIM being able to do all things. Even things that have to be done for the children have to be done by him.  Sometimes the military can make you feel insignificant. After doing this for 7 years I'm glad that we did this retreat.  Listening to the role of both parts helped my husband as well, it helped him to see that he is suppose to protect me all the time.  I know that I'm a big girl and with my past I don’t let anyone get away with anything not done to me or my family.  So for a while there he never stood up for me LOL!  He thought, "she can handle herself.  But it does feel good to have him do it for a change.  Anyway to make this story short we enjoyed every part of our time with you guys, seeing you interact with each other and speak to each other was great.  Once again thank you for all you do, thank you for saying yes to Gods work you are amazing and real. Thanks "
Monica

"Apart from your lovely French accents, we loved the way you explained the Sacrament of Marriage to us. It was very enlightening. We thought we knew what it meant, but you helped us to dig deeper into its meaning. We have also implemented many of your suggestions on how to incorporate Christ more into our lives. We do our daily prayers and meditation as a couple and as a family. Our sons are doing so much better vocalizing their prayers and we have our prayer jars! It really helped to hear someone reinforce the fact that without Christ, we can do nothing! So, thank you for being so open with us and sharing the most personal aspects of your lives. Please keep us in your prayers."

Rhea and Tony

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Kafuu Marriage Retreat

The three day retreat was  focused on resilience in marriage, for couples who have to face the most challenging situations due to their military lives. Of course, we put the accent on the incredible grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and the words of Christ, "Without me, you can do nothing."
Each of the four sessions was filled with laughter, some tears, a lot of friendship, and prayer. The awesome settings of the luxury resort allowed each couple to take a break from the crude reality, rest from daily stress and engage in a deep dialog. Father offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and we celebrated the Ascension mass facing the East China Sea. A romantic dinner, the surprise of a photographer to take souvenir pictures of each couple, the beautiful smiles of all the Japanese personnel, made this retreat unforgettable!

All couples were very happy and "recharged" at the end of the retreat today. Many came to us, eyes filled with tears, to thank us. They said that they never experienced something so spiritual before, something really focused on their own marriage, their difficulties, their relationship. They all said that they had learned much, about their faith, and also about ways to make their marriage better. Once couple laughed explaining how they were trying to improve their communication with their newly learned skills!

All in all, it was well worth it! and tomorrow, one of the couples will take a day off to help us discover the beauty of the island!

 

 

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Being Reconciled With Our Weakness


If we accept ourselves in our weakness, our limitations, it will also be easier for us to accept other people.
Often, quite simply, we can’t get along with other people because we can’t get along with ourselves. We have all experience this at some point. Sometimes we are unhappy with ourselves because we’ve made mistakes or fallen into a fault that humiliates us, so we are really annoyed with ourselves. That makes us bad-tempered and even aggressive with others. What does this mean? Just that we make others pay for our difficulty in accepting our own inner poverty. Not accepting our limitations, we take it out on other people… This reaction is very common, and obviously unfair and contrary to the truth. Most of our conflicts with others are nothing more than a projection of the conflicts we are having with ourselves.

The contrary is also true. The more we accept ourselves as we are and are reconciled to our own weakness, the more we can accept other people and love them as they are.

But this is sensitive territory. Where do we draw the line between accepting our weakness and complacency about our sins? Sometimes it is not easy to tell the difference. We need to accept our weakness but clearly we need to reject sin. In the spiritual life we need to find a balance, and it is a subtle one.”

Excerpt from: The Way of Trust and Love”
A retreat Guided by St Thérèse of Lisieux, page 49, by Fr. Jacques Philippe.
(Scepter Publishers, Inc.  wwwscepterpiblishers.org)

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HOPE!

HOPE!

I’m overjoyed and feel renewed and strong!

This man that I’ve never met gives an impression of great holiness, he seems so peaceful and trustful in his God who placed him here! The joy and hope I feel are not just fleeting human feelings, they are supernatural I am sure of that!

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It's Time!

 

 

Sept. 11, 2001
3,000 people murdered in one day…

For months following the event, Churches were packed. Prayer was intense and fervent.

People turn to God when a calamity strikes them. When they are scared, when they feel helpless, then God becomes their only refuge. Churches are filled.

After 9/11,when people were asked what was most important to them in their lives, the answer was: “FAMILY.” 

Since Roe vs Wade, over 3,000 people have been murdered EVERY DAY in the USA alone. The reaction? Complete and utter indifference. No one wants to face reality.

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