"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. If you have a Facebook account, visit our St. Damian Church Facebook page for daily articles and videos related to building your marriage.