This week Leslie challenges married couples to get a battle plan! She also shares about a retreat which she and her husband recently attended.
There’s a lot of talk about marriage and family going on right now. The World Meeting of Family has just concluded and now the Synod on the Family is in session. We know the family is the bedrock of civilization and when marriages crumble, so does society. Families are under attack and the evil one seems to be succeeding. So, how do we fight this battle? One of the opening lines in the movie War Room is, “Victories don’t come by accident.” This is a great movie to see with your husband. It is all about praying for your spouse, being humble before him, and letting God fight our battles. Go see it if you haven’t already.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1656) says, “In our own time, in a world often alienated and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican council, using an ancient expression calls the family the Ecclesis Domestica. (Domestic Church)
I am excited to share with you a little about a retreat my husband and I recently attended. It was an Evangelization Retreat for Domestic Church Families, a Catholic lay movement for families that was started in Poland forty years ago. Pope St. John Paul II had much influence on its beginnings.
Each couple starts by attending a retreat and then has the opportunity to join a circle of 4-7 couples and a priest. Each circle meets once a month to share the joys and sorrows of their journey, to pray together, to go over their progress in spiritual growth according to the seven promises, and go over the new formation material.
Some of the commitments are things most of us are doing already like daily prayer, study of Scripture, and family prayer. One thing many of us may not be doing is couple prayer. At the retreat there is a time for guided couple prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Many couples found this to be the best part of the retreat, even though it can be a bit scary to be that vulnerable before your spouse. I think this is what will bring about the true intimacy that we all desire in our marriages. Another commitment is monthly couple dialogue, where you spend two or three hours alone with your spouse discussing how you are doing as a couple, as parents, as individuals, and in relation to God.
Can you imagine the change that would happen if all couples prayed with and for one another and had other couples and a priest praying for them and supporting them? I think this is an awesome strategy to win the battles we face in our marriages and family. If anyone wants to know more about Domestic Church Families, go to domesticchurchfamilies.com or leave me a comment. There’s a retreat coming up this December in Louisiana.
Let us pray,
Lord, you have given us the gift of our spouses to help get us to heaven. Help us always to appreciate the gift of marriage. Help us to nurture that relationship through prayer and sacrifice for one another, and help us be humble enough to ask for forgiveness when we fail. Amen.
Read on to this week’s Friday Fav where we have information on this and MANY other upcoming retreats throughout Louisiana.