We hope you are well on this First Sunday of Lent and that your Lenten season is off to a good start with firm resolutions and much hope for a fruitful penitential season! In your considerations of devotional and penitential practices for Lent we encourage you to consider options aimed at enhancing your marriage relationship, and at the end of this email we have offered a few suggestions.
But first, the next Date Night is this Friday March 15th. The program will consist of part 3 of the EWTN series on “Men, Women & The Mystery of Love” featuring Dr. Edward Sri. Due to the St. A’s parish Stations of the Cross which begins at 7:00, we will delay the start of the evening until approximately 7:30 so that anyone who wishes to attend the Stations can do so. We will be in the Youth Room, and child care will be available as always, but please RSVP if you are bringing children so we can have adequate help available.
Have a Blessed week and we hope to see you all on Friday. And now for those Lenten suggestions:
1. Pray together – the Rosary, prayers for forgiveness and healing, prayers for greater unity, prayers to overcome obstacles to your intimacy, a Novena for a special intention with regard to your marriage, etc. There is no shortage of these available. One resource is ForYourMarriage.org (a USCCB site). We also have some specific resources we could suggest, let us know if you are interested.
2. Consider reading together as a couple “Complete my Joy – An Apostolic Exhortation to the Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers of the Diocese of Phoenix” from Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix. This is a beautiful document from one of the great Bishops in the US of “…family life presented as a beautiful, noble and joy-filled life that can certainly be lived with God’s grace…” in the Bishop’s own words. Just do a Google search and you can find it and download it.
3. Spend more time together talking about the things that really matter – your joys and struggles in your marriage and family, the obstacles to intimacy you may be experiencing, deep personal wounds and issues that you may not have shared, hopes and dreams for your future together.