Posts Tagged ‘interfaith’
Why does a Catholic wedding normally take place in a church? What does marriage preparation involve? What should a couple do if their marriage is in trouble? Read the answers to these and other FAQs about marriage in the Catholic Church.
Imagine celebrating Easter in your home both on March 31 and again May 5. This could happen in 2013 for a Catholic married to a member of one of the Orthodox churches. Read how the recent Synod on the Middle East discussed the issue of a common date for Easter.
Not only can a marriage involving a Catholic and a member of another faith community succeed “without either person ‘losing’ his or her faith in the process,” but the couple can make their home a holy place, Carol Gastelum writes in this little book.
Until recent decades, the idea of a Catholic marrying outside the faith was practically unheard of, if not taboo. Such weddings took place in private ceremonies in the parish rectory, not in a church sanctuary in front of hundreds of friends and family. These days, many people marry across religious lines. The rate of interfaith [...]
Many people think of spirituality as something connected to organized religion. Certainly that is one path to spirituality. Some people also consider being spiritual as the opposite of being physical. If it has to do with the body it doesn’t have to do with spirituality. Actually, spirituality touches the lives of those who go to [...]
When couples are on the verge of a major life transition such as marriage, they begin to think about life, love, values…and the future. To a great extent this is what spirituality is about – our human search for happiness and the meaning of life. Is life just about the here and now? Do morals [...]
The rite for a Catholic marrying a catechumen (one who is preparing for baptism), a non-Christian, or someone who does not believe in God exemplifies sensitivity for the unbaptized person and his/her family. This third form has the same four basic elements as the first two forms of the rite: questions about intent, exchange of consent, the blessing and exchange of rings, and the nuptial blessing.
When a Catholic marries a Christian of another denomination, the Rite for Celebrating Marriage Outside Mass is used. Hospitality suggests that this form is the appropriate one when a significant number of guests are not Catholic and cannot join in Holy Communion.
Do you and your spouse relate to God differently? Are you avoiding spiritual growth out of fear that it might damage your marriage? Has a potent religious experience driven a wedge between you and your spouse? Does God call a husband or wife to move forward while leaving his or her partner behind?
It certainly is painful when something important, indeed something core to one’s being like faith, is not shared by your spouse. It is difficult enough when a spouse belongs to a different faith tradition, but even more so when he or she not only rejects organized religion, but also does not seem to value a spiritual life.
Pam is an active Catholic attending Mass every Sunday, while Joe comes from a “Christmas, Easter, and funerals” family. They are both Catholics, but theirs is also a mixed religion marriage. Although they were both baptized in the same faith tradition, they are coming to realize that the similarity of their religious practice ends there.
The Catholic Church cares about your marriage. In fact, the U.S. Catholic bishops are working hard to make marriage a priority (see National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage). Every marriage matters, because marriage comes from the hand of God. God brings a man and a woman together to love and support each other. Their love becomes [...]
Immigration reform that reunites wives with husbands, parents with children; Is U.S. divorce rate declining?; Unemployment’s crushing effects on marriages and families; Lessons learned on enduring love in marriage; Key challenges faced by U.S. bishops in defense of marriage; Statistics on tying the knot with someone of another religious affiliation; Family breakdown linked to poverty: Support urged for marriage and family.
Visiting Africa, pope urges support for marriage, the family and women; How married couples keep learning to be married; The joys and challenges of interreligious marriage; “You’re Driving Me Crazy!” Couples learn to reinterpret irritants; Papal preacher: Love and marriage still go together; Rising birthrate among unmarried U.S. adults