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The Joy of “Yes” Forever
On February 14, 2014, St. Valentine’s Day, Pope Francis met with 10,000 engaged couples in St. Peter’s Square. The gathering was arranged by the Pontifical Council for the Family with the theme of “The Joy of ‘Yes’ Forever.”
From the Pope’s address: “We must not allow ourselves to be conquered by a ‘throwaway culture’. This fear of ‘forever’ is cured by entrusting oneself day by day to the Lord Jesus in a life that becomes a daily spiritual path of mutual growth, step by step. Because ‘forever’ is not simply a question of duration! A marriage does not succeed just because it lasts; its quality is also important. To stay together and to know how to love each other for ever is the challenge Christian married couples face! … In the Our Father prayer we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. Married couples may also learn to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily love’, teach us to love each other, to care for each other. The more you entrust yourselves to the Lord, the more your love will be ‘forever’, able to renew itself and to overcome every difficulty.”
Read the rest: Vatican website, Address to Engaged Couples
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