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Pope’s morning homily: Have sympathy for couples whose marriages fail

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VATICAN CITY — Those who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God’s love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis gives the homily while celebrating a recent morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse at the Vatican . (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

“See how beautiful this love is, how beautiful marriage is, how beautiful the family is and how much love and closeness we must have for our brothers and sisters who have experienced the calamity of a failure in love,” the pope said Feb. 28 at his morning Mass.

In the day’s Gospel reading, Mark 10:1-12, Jesus tells his disciples that “what God has joined together, no human being must separate,” and that divorcing a spouse and marrying another is committing adultery.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis’ homily focused on marriage as part of God’s plan for man and woman and as a reflection of God’s faithful love. He repeated the Gospel passage, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

But, the pope said, “when this love fails, because many times it fails, we must feel the pain of the failure and accompany those who have failed in their love, Not condemn them. Walk alongside them.”

In the excerpts broadcast by Vatican Radio, Pope Francis did not mention the discussion about the family and the pastoral care of divorced Catholics that he had Feb. 20-21 with members of the College of Cardinals.

 

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Rekindle Your Spiritual Intimacy

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St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of the Diocese of Wilmington, offers a unique spirituality for couples and families to embrace. Based on love and the Gospel message, Salesian spirituality provides a simple way of reconciling the conflicting demands of home, family, career, church and community.

St. Francis de Sales reminds us we are all called to holiness in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives. He describes the devout life as “relational,” meaning it is  living out our relationships in love that one lives the devout life.  Read more »

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Slim majority of married Americans marks all-time low, Pew says

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — With cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood on the rise, the percentage of Americans who are currently married has reached an all-time low.

A new report from the Pew Research Center analyzing Census Bureau data found that only 51 percent of Americans 18 and over were married in 2010, compared with 72 percent in 1960. Among Hispanics and African-Americans, the decline is even more steep.

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Some answers to frequently asked questions about Catholic marriage

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Marriage and Family

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From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Why does the church teach that marriage is a sacrament?

The sacraments make Christ present in our midst. Like the other sacraments, marriage is not just for the good of individuals, or the couple, but for the community as a whole. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage between two baptized persons is a sacrament. The Old Testament prophets saw the marriage of a man and woman as a symbol of the covenant relationship between God and his people. The permanent and exclusive union between husband and wife mirrors the mutual commitment between God and his people. The Letter to the Ephesians says that this union is a symbol of the relationship between Christ and the church.
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Planning a wedding with the goals of marriage in mind

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Marriage and Family

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From U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Many engaged couples handle a lot of their own wedding planning. When at least one of the individuals is Catholic this can include making arrangements to be married in a Catholic church. This is a significant decision. It means more than just choosing an appropriate and picturesque setting for the ceremony and the photos.

You’re trying to make your wedding a meaningful and memorable experience and, most of all, to express in a clear and beautiful way the hopes you have for your married life. How can you achieve these goals in the celebration of your wedding? Here are three general suggestions.
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Marriage preparation guidelines in the diocese

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Marriage and Family

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Dialog report

The Diocese of Wilmington’s Marriage Preparatory Policy and Guidelines require that contact with the parish priest or deacon be made one year before the date of the proposed marriage, and include the following steps:
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Children’s lives are enhanced by family time at dinner

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Marriage and Family

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Maybe you were one of the families who celebrated “Family Day” on Monday by eating dinner together (Dialog, Sept. 15). Although families have so many activities devoted to their children, parents feel like they are always having a family day.

My experience in the Office for Marriage and Family Life, however, has revealed that some families fall short in parental engagement. This may be due to circumstances out of our control. Other times, though, it can be about the capacity to set priorities properly.
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Marriage preparation courses scheduled throughout diocese

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Marriage and Family

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Dialog report

Marriage preparation classes available in the Diocese of Wilmington through the Office for Family Life include Pre-Cana, Engaged Encounter and Remarriage programs.

Classes scheduled in the coming months include:

Pre-Cana at Fourth Street and Greenhill Avenue in Wilmington: Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 on Oct. 2 and 30, Nov. 6 and 13; Jan. 8 and 29, Feb. 5 and 26, March 4 and 25 and April 1 and 29. Wednesday classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. are scheduled for Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30. Wednesday classes from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. are set for Jan. 4, 11 and 18, Feb. 1, 8 and 15, March 7, 14 and 21 and April 4, 11 and 18.
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Sharing the light of their marriage

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Marriage and Family

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Staff reporter

Milford deacon and his wife teach engaged couples

MILFORD — One recent night John and Peggy Yaeger spontaneously decided to go out to dinner. So they did and enjoyed each other’s company.

A few years back their married life wasn’t so simple; before going out they had to arrange for someone to care for their four children. “It’s easier now,” said John, a deacon in the church.
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Spirituality an important part of Neumann counseling course

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By Mike Lang

Staff reporter

ASTON, Pa. — Although she is not Catholic, Georgette Hall-Peterson appreciates how the Franciscan charism permeates the pastoral care and counseling program at Neumann University.

“The Franciscan way of living and way of relating to each other is paramount. You see it reflected all through the program,” said Hall-Peterson, an adjunct professor in the graduate school of pastoral counseling at Neumann.

Hall-Peterson teaches a course in marriage and family counseling, which includes couples, premarital and family therapy. She said she has not seen the spiritual aspect of therapy integrated into the program at other schools, but she likes that about Neumann.
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