In the Catholic faith, marriage is “forever,” as we become one with God in spirit, even after this life of love in Him. 

It is the sacred bonding of man and woman together as one with God, as husband and wife in one flesh.

Marriage is a life long decision and commitment not only to your spouse along with your growing family, but a commitment with God as well and it becomes a great responsibility to keep it in God’s guidance.
 
To help make this decision before the actual marriage vows, the church requires couples to attend a series of seminars to ensure that both parties are ready for a lasting relationship in a sacred covenant with God and in a “community of love for life.” 

But still, no seminar or the vows can guarantee to a successful marriage.

Temptations, conflict of opinions and directions, pride, lack of forgiveness and misunderstandings may come along the way and it is the test of time, and due adherence to your faith and in Christ Jesus, that will see whose relationship would really last.

And in a recent church event in Washington D.C. which saw almost 600 couples renew their marriage vows, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has said, “Because of the power of love, it is possible to move from ‘me’ to ‘we’.  Love never fails.  We may.  But Love never fails.”

On a related note, let this blogger share with you the following powerful verses from the bible as guide.

‘Rules for Christian Households’ in Collossians 3:18-21, under the New Testament of the Holy Bible, states:

     “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
     Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
     Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
     Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”

And in Proverbs (“The book of wisdom”), we pray to be enlightened:

    16:5   – “The Lord detests all the proud of heart; Be sure of this; They will not go unpunished.”
    16:6   – “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the Lord a man avoids evil.”
    16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
    16:24 – “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

    18:13 – “He who answers before listening – that is his folly and shame.”
    18:16 – “A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.”
    18:20 – “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled, with the harvest from his lips he is                    satisfied.” 

    19:11 – “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

     21:9 –  “Better to live in a corner of a roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.”
     21:17 – “He who loves pleasure will become poor;  whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.”
     21:19 – “Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill tempered wife.”      
    
Read further on our related post on “Christ’s Teachings Seen on 90:10 Principle,” on controlling our reactions for a better relationship with others.

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