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The state of marriage

August 3
"The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other. It is a perpetual exercise in mortification."
-St. Francis de Sales
Today's Reflection:
To what extent have I discovered this for myself? How can the virtue of humility help me?
  

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For Your Marriage: Dealing with the Empty Nest

by Judy Clark

The Situation

Tom and Maribeth are college sweethearts married 29 years. They feel they have a stable marriage that has involved raising four children. It has been a wild ride of parenthood with a few hair-raising experiences. Still, they both agree that all four have been successfully launched into adulthood. And now that their youngest has recently married, they are truly an “empty nest” marriage, not just the “shifting nest” of college years and a few years beyond.

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Detachment and the Single Life, Part 1

“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.”

-Saint John Paul II

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A Millennial Look at Humanae Vitae

This love is above all fully human, a compound of sense and spirit. It is not, then, merely a question of natural instinct or emotional drive. It is also, and above all, an act of the free will, whose trust is such that it is meant not only to survive the joys and sorrows of daily life, but also to grow, so that husband and wife become in a way one heart and one soul, and together attain their human fulfillment.” Blessed Paul VI

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