"God created man and woman for each other so that they might 'no longer be two, but one flesh.'(Mt. 19:6) In this way they are to live in love, be fruitful and thus become a sign of God himself, who is nothing but an overflowing love." (Youcat) God himself chose the marital relationship to describe the relationship between himself and his people in the Old Testament, "For your husband is your maker, whose name is the Lord of hosts" (Isaiah 54:5). That imagery continues into the New Testament with Jesus being described as the bridegroom and the church,his bride. Marriage in society has been in existence since the beginning of time, but Jesus elevated marriage to a sacrament when He performed His first public miracle at the wedding in Cana.
This may be be too overwhelming to take in - how can mere humans ever reflect this perfection in our marriage relationships? We can't. It's an ideal we strive for with God's help. Marriage is hard. Raising a family is hard. But it is worth it! We all need help to be a witness of God's unconditional love to each other and to the world. Our priests are available to speak with anyone needing encouragement. Call our office at 708.687.1370 to make an appointment. The Church also has many outreach organizations and retreats to help marriages at any stage of life. Below is a list of helpful resources; each logo is linked to it's website.
For Your Marriage offers resources for those dating and engaged as well as for married couples in every stage of life. Visit them at https://www.foryourmarriage.org
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) was created to help good marriages become better marriages. They are offering virtual retreats during Covid. Find more information here: https://wwme.org/
Happy Together offers Christian programs and studies for married couples. Visit them at https://www.happy-together.net/free-valentine-s-day-date-at-home/?logout=1
Retrouvaille (pronounced retro vi) is for married couples facing extreme challenges. If your marriage is heading for divorce - Retrovaille is a lifeline! Visit https://www.helpourmarriage.org/
There are currently no in person Divorce Ministries meeting in our Archdiocese. The Holbrook Counseling Center offers faith centered guidance for those struggling to heal from divorce: https://pvm.archchicago.org/lifelong-formation/marriage-and-family-ministry-team/divorce-ministry. Our parish priests are also available by appointment by calling 708-687-1370.