to Help Your Marriage
Beatitudes of Marriage
The Goods of Marriage - St. Augustine
Many married couples, after the honeymoon is over,
struggle with the joys of their relationship. They do not know where
to turn in order to keep the joy alive. Very often, they turn to entertainment
(movies, sports, etc.) to pass the time until a new spark of joy or
romance comes their way. Jesus said, “Live on in my love and my
joy will be in you and your joy will be complete.” Complete joy
sounds great! Who wants partial joy? Married couples who remain in the
love of Christ through constant prayer, reflection on Scripture, regular
attendance at Sunday Mass, and a healthy conjugal spirituality have
complete joy. Moreover, they don’t contain that joy within the
confines of their home. They share it. St. Rose of Lima parish is blessed
with many married couples who find joy in the love of Christ and wish
to share that joy with their parish and neighbors. If you would like
to take your marriage to the next level and see that it was intended
to be a ministry of joy and charity in the Church, please visit a priest,
sister, or deacon in our parish. We would love to help you minister
to God’s people through your Sacrament of Matrimony.
BEATITUDES OF MARRIAGE
Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be
affectionate, considerate, and loving after the wedding bells have ceased
Blessed are the husband and wife who are as polite and
courteous to one another as they are to their friends.
Blessed are they who love their mates more than any other person in
the world, and who joyfully fulfill their marriage vow of a lifetime
of fidelity and mutual helpfulness to one another.
Blessed are they who attain parenthood, for children are a heritage
of the Lord.
Blessed are they who remember to thank God for their food before they
partake of it, and who set apart some time each day for the reading
of the Bible and for prayer.
Blessed are those mates who never speak loudly to one another, and
who make their home a place “where seldom is heard a discouraging
Blessed are the husband and wife who faithfully attend the worship
service of the church, and who work together in the church for the advancement
of Christ’s kingdom.
Blessed are the husband and wife who can work out the problems of adjustment
without interference from relatives.
Blessed is the couple which has complete understanding about financial
matters, and have worked out a perfect partnership, with all money under
the control of both.
Blessed are the husband and wife who humbly dedicate their lives and
their homes to Christ, and who practice the teachings of Christ in the
home by being unselfish, loyal and loving.
The Goods of Marriage
The concept of the Goods of Marriage come to us from St. Augustine,
the fifth century North African bishop and doctor of the Church, who
identified as the three essential elements of the marital relationship
procreation, fidelity, and lifelong unity.
The Catholic Church continues to proclaim these "goods" of
marriage as virtues to be lived out by those willing to embrace the
ministry of Christian Marriage.
Married couples who desire to be procreators with God are open to the
possibility of God's gift of children. They hear the words of Scripture:"Be
fruitfull and multiply." Even those who are unable to have children
can be "pro-creators" by choosing to adopt children or agreeing
to assist disadvantaged children through education, financial assitance,
The Good of Fidelity is the promise that couples make to remain faithful
to God as husband and wife and, if God should give them children, as
parents. Husbands and wives must witness to their faith by what they
say and do. They should communicate to God through daily prayer. Fidelity
to God and the desire to pass on their faith to their children and/or
others around them is a couples' Christian response to God's fidelity
The Good of Life Long Unity is a response to God's promise to be united
to us forever. Married couples recognize that their union with each
other, in good times and in bad, is a mirror immage of God's communion
with us. By living a life unity, a Christian couple acts as an icon
- a living image - of God's endless love for us in Jesus.