National Marriage Week USA began on February 7. Sunday (February 10) is also World Marriage Day. These annual events call us to recognize the blessing that God has bestowed upon society and the Church in marriage, as well as support married couples and preserve the meaning of marriage in the face of those who wish to manipulate it.
Below are some resources you might enjoy.
"While marriage is a special blessing for Christians because of the grace of Christ, marriage is also a natural blessing and gift for everyone in all times and cultures. It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life. Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family." - US Catholic Bishops, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
More quotes from the US Bishops letter can be found here.
National Marriage Week begins today -- Today is the start of National Marriage Week, a weeklong campaign to “strengthen marriage, reduce divorce, and promote marriage prior to childbearing. Although marriage benefits society in many ways, this year’s National Marriage Week focuses on marriage as the leading antidote to child poverty. A child born and raised outside marriage is six times more likely to experience poverty than a child raised in an intact family. A four-minute video provides the campaign overview at www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org. READ FULL ARTICLE
The health benefits of marriage What can you do to reduce your risk of heart attack? A new study released last week in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found one important factor that could contribute to saving your life: marriage. The study found that “unmarried men were 58 percent to 66 percent more likely to have a heart attack, as were 60 percent to 65 percent of single women, compared to members of married couples.” The researchers suggest several potential reasons: “Married people may be better off financially, live healthier lives and have more friends and social support, all of which promotes health.” And previous research supports this—reinforcing that marriage matters for public policy. Married people report being in excellent health over 64 percent of the time, compared to 57 percent who never married and 52 percent for people who have divorced. READ FULL ARTICLE
PARISH RESOURCES (including a bulletin insert) can be found here.
ForYourMarriage.org has created a virtual retreat which can be found here.
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