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Marriage is a journey, not a destination...

Blessed or Blessing?

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"He will be so blessed to be part of your family!"  "You guys will bless his life so much!"  These are the most common phrases we heard when we began our first adoption process.  When we got married, we discussed our family plans.  We knew we desired children, but we were not exactly sure what that would look like.  I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis and poly cystic ovaries when I was 18 years old.  I was never sure if I would be able to get pregnant, let alone sustain a pregnancy.  We promised to always be open to the gift of adoption.  Well, we achieved pregnancy five times in our marriage and have three living babies ranging from the ages of 13-9.  In 2015, God started to call us to consider expanding our family, but we didn't think he was calling us to have one of our own, so we began praying about adoption. 

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Are You Opposed To Fertility Or Open To Life?

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In the marriage prep course, some couples try to tell us that our culture is not opposed to babies. And I think to myself, “Oh yea, then why do I get all the weird stares with a pregnant belly and 3 small kids in tow? It’s a regular thing for cashiers and strangers to tell me they don’t know how I do it.”

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Tolerate Mistakes!

Tolerate Mistakes!

In Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis, in the very beautiful first section of Chapter 4 says: 

“We encounter problems whenever we think that relationships or people ought to be perfect, or when we put ourselves at the center and expect things to turn out our way. 

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The School of Home

The School of Home

Last week I said I would try and bring some practical insights to various extracts from the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

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“The Trinity is present in the Temple of Marital Communion”

“The Trinity is present in the Temple of Marital Communion”

The above is taken from the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love – On Love in the Family) paragraph 314. 

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In our mission statement at CatholicMarriagePrep.com we say: “Agape Catholic Marriage Preparation invites couples to a deeper relationship with each other and with Christ, one couple at a time.  Online, on-demand instruction rooted in Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, combined with personalized mentoring from a trained married couple, builds a foundation for a strong, healthy, Christ-centered marriage between a man and a woman.”  Who does that best serve?   From the very inception of CatholicMarriagePrep.com serving military couples has always been on our hearts, even offering a military discount.

Tara Brooke
28 June 2022

Wow!!!  Yes, that is the correct word to begin this blog post!  I think I am still in shock!  On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus our country just experienced the overturning of an almost 50-year-old law regarding abortion.  Roe vs. Wade was overturned!  

One You May Have Missed

Christine Meert
28 May 2013
Global
"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 Click here for pictures of all the couples!

 

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