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The Beatitudes of Marriage

BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO COMFORT EACH OTHER—who provide a refuge and sanctuary from the chill winds of the world; whose marriage is a hearth from which comes peace, harmony, and warmth of soul and spirit. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER—who listen to not only words, but non-verbal language of tone and expression; who listen to understand rather than to argue. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO SHOW AFFECTION—who warm each other with their soothing touch; who remember that just as babies can die from lack of affection, so can marriages wither from a lack of closeness. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO RESPECT EACH OTHER—who remember that the most important quality in marriage is to HONOR each other. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO CAN BE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS—who remember that friendship can be a peaceful island, in a world of turmoil and strife; who can reflect upon the tranquillity of future years shared with a true friend; and who are not battling enemies under the same roof. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO ALLOW EACH OTHER TO BE UNIQUE—who do not seek to force each other into a new mold that can only fit with much pain and discomfort; who accept the other as God made us. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO ARE OPEN WITH EACH OTHER—who avoid secrecy that causes suspicion and doubt; who trust and reveal themselves to each other even as a budding rose opens to reveal its beauty and fragrance. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO CHERISH THEIR UNION—who let no one separate their togetherness, not another person, nor friend, nor worldly possessions. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO GIVE EACH OTHER APPROVAL—who see that compliments encourage confidence in the other, while criticism divides; who do not point out the other’s mistakes, for all too soon each will discover his own faults. BLESSED ARE MARRIED COUPLES WHO LOVE ONE ANOTHER—love is the river of life—an eternal source of recreating one’s self and each other. Above all else—LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS CHRIST HAS LOVED US. Fr. Peffley is associate pastor of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria. Copyright ?1999 Arlington Catholic Herald, Inc. All rights reserved.

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