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Living Our Faith — Engagement: Preparing for marriage

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Pope Francis blesses the marriage certificate of a U.S. couple during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 14, 2016. For Catholic couples, the engagement period is about much more than myriad details of planning a wedding. Beyond the guest list, dress and caterer, there is faith that abides and hopefully grows long after the flowers have dried and the photos are tucked away in albums. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Engaged couples should discuss and begin to form the habits and virtues they hope to

Pope Francis blesses the marriage certificate of a U.S. couple during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 14, 2016. For Catholic couples, the engagement period is about much more than myriad details of planning a wedding. Beyond the guest list, dress and caterer, there is faith that abides and hopefully grows long after the flowers have dried and the photos are tucked away in albums. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

carry into married life.

Focusing on spiritual preparation during engagement can be difficult.
Along with a diocese’s marriage preparation program, newly married couples recommend prayer, confession and visiting a Catholic marriage counselor prior to the wedding day.
Pope Francis says a couple should prepare for their wedding by meditating on Scripture together.

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