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The Little Way of Marriage Workshop


What if the small steps to finding more joy in marriage were as simple – yet as beautiful—as a single rose?

What would it be like to take a journey of small steps to feeling more connection and love in marriage, guided by St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her holy parents, Saints Louis and Zélie Martin?

Louis and Zélie had very different personalities. But despite this, they were happy and they shared a great affection and tenderness for each other in their marriage. Louis was an introvert.  Louis loved solitude and asceticism. He was turned away from the monastery, so when he married and had a family, he created a room in their home just for quiet prayer, study, and holy conversation.

Zélie was an extrovert. She joined every prayer group and sodality her parish offered!

She managed her lace-making business and their busy home of five daughters with an energy that was also attuned and responsive to the needy in their community—all while keeping up an active prayer life!

Despite their personality differences, the way Louis and Zélie showed little acts of kindness and made little loving sacrifices for each other in their daily life was an inspiration for their daughter, St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

To help married couples nurture their connection, Sarah and Nathan Bartel of Cana Feast have created the Little Way of Marriage workshop based on the spirituality of St. Therese and her parents, Sts. Louis and Zelie. In this free, on-demand workshop, you will discover small but powerful steps to help you feel more connection and joy in your marriage! 

They share simple, practical tools to transform negative communication patterns, frustrations, and distance into a more loving connection, deeper peace, and a warmer gratitude for the gift of each other.

Doing little things with great love can transform your marriage and take you to a new level of connection and joy!

 The whole workshop is covered in prayer, as Sarah and Nathan are praying a continuous novena to St. Therese for all who participate. You can use this same prayer they are praying:


St. Therese, the Little Flower,

Please pick me a rose from the Heavenly Garden

and send it to me with a message of love.

Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore,

 (Here mention your petition for your marriage out loud or in silence)

...and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.


 (If you like, finish with a Lord’s Prayer (Our Father), Hail Mary, and Glory Be).

Join the Little Way of Marriage workshop now—all 4 workshop sessions are free through June 9th!

Original art by Olivier Hertz.

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