Like many young couples their age, Miguel and Maria are skeptical of marriage. For Maria, the pain of her own parents’ broken marriage has affected her deeply. In Miguel’s opinion, cohabitation is a practical decision, to save money. However, when the couple travels to Miguel’s grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party, they finds themselves confronted with the beautiful example of Hector and Rosa’s life-long commitment. Surrounded by Miguel’s grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, it becomes clear to Miguel and Maria that marriage is much more than a mere temporary contract or a wholly private concern of the couple. Rather, marriage is a high calling from God that only one man and one woman can realize together; truly becoming a “communion of persons” that uniquely reflects God’s own life of self-giving love. As Miguel’s grandmother Rosa explains, “Only a man and a woman, through their bodies, with their whole selves, can speak the language of married love.”
This Spanish-language telenovela-style film (with English subtitles) El Matrimonio: Hecho para el amor y la vida (“Marriage: Made for Love and Life”) is a great resource for catechists, clergy, teachers, and other leaders, as well as for viewers seeking a deeper look into marriage today. El Matrimonio: Hecho para el amor y la vida delves into five major themes: sexual difference and complementarity, the good of children, the common good, religious freedom, and persons who experience same-sex attraction. In the words of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, “The film’s story conveys real difficulties that numerous families encounter, but with compassion and without compromising the truth about God’s loving plan for marriage and family.”
El Matrimonio is the third video in the catechetical initiative Marriage: Unique for a Reason, a project of the Subcommittee. Previous videos include “Made for Each Other,” about male/female sexual difference and complementarity and why it matters for marriage; and “Made for Life,” about the gift of children and the need children have for both a father and a mother.
Watch El Matrimonio: hecho para el amor y la vida online at marriageuniqueforareason.org. An accompanying bilingual study guide is also available on the website.