THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
August 25th – 31st 2019
Saviour of all peoples
Jesus said: “There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last”. One of the basic needs of the human person is to be successful. The fulfilment of this need brings people in all kinds of directions in life. Some people invest themselves in work and their whole self-worth is associated with how successful they are there. Then they have to retire! For others it is found in the kind of home they have, or their popularity, or in sport etc. All of these are good things but when they become our reason for being able to say, “I am the best” they have led us astray. The way of Jesus puts being successful in love as our priority. Through love we put our beloved as number one whether that beloved is our wife/husband, our children, our community, and in so far as we do that we live with great peace and joy and inherit eternal life.
Morning Prayer, when together
Father, help us to seek the values
that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world.
In our desire for what you promise
make us one in mind and heart in our married love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Merciful God, the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ
which we live out in our sacrament of marriage
made us your people.
In your love, grant peace and unity to your Church.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, increase within us
the healing power of your love.
Guide and direct our efforts to love one another in marriage
so that we may please you in all things.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: In what special ways do you see your wife/husband
needs to be loved in the week ahead? How will you do it?
For others: With whom do you most need to be reconciled? How will you do it this week?
Couple Prayer: How to use it
- See it as a little weekly programme for living and growing your marriage
- On Friday evening or Saturday, take a half hour or so to talk together about your marriage in the light of the Scripture reflection. This is always taken from the Sunday Mass, so it is also a couple preparation for this celebration of the Eucharist.
- During this half hour spend some time answering the two questions, firstly by writing your own personal response to them and then, as appropriate, sharing your answers with each other
- From Sunday to Saturday practice the short prayer for your marriage, Morning and Evening when together, and during the day when you are on your own. These prayers are based on the prayers that are special to each Sunday Mass
- If possible, meet occasionally with other married couples to share your reflections and to support one another
Consider the following statistics as quoted in For Better & For Ever p.130 by Fr. Robert A. Ruhnke, C.Ss.R.
- The current divorce rate in the U.S. is about 50%
- Of those couples who worship together each Sunday, the divorce rate is 3.3%
- Of those couples who also pray regularly together in their home, the divorce rate is 0.3%
This is well worth thinking about!