Meeting with newlyweds at Pastoral visit to San Giulio Papa parish
Holy Father, His presence today for all of us is a source of joy, of great emotion. It almost seems like a dream to have you in the places where for three years, on the initiative of our father Dario, there have been meetings on the path to the sacrament of marriage. Below I read some reflections on the conjugal love that emerged during our meetings.
Love is the gift of God that makes us feel protected, makes us rejoice in order to grow old together after a journey and a journey of life taken by the hand. Love is choosing oneself and understanding, seeing over time that even after years of marriage one is convinced that the choice made is the right one and, if we are ready to confirm and renew the choice, we resume ourselves. Love is giving oneself with patience, knowing how to listen, having the enthusiasm to look for oneself. Love is self-respect, but love is also knowing how to accept the weaknesses of others, the mistakes, the misunderstandings, the small human storms that often arise in married life. Love is being aware that the couple always sees and feels the presence of Jesus, it is the awareness of sharing and living in three. A couple's love is a safe place, it's like the rock that challenges the bad weather on which our life is based, it's the place to always feel at home.
Holy Father, we are here after a journey, a journey, after meditating a word from a common friend who tells us that love is placed more in works than in words. And after this and after a long discernment, and after above all the work of convincing Father Dario, the marriage preparation journey started again after so many years together with other couples. And some of these spouses asked us to be able to continue because they realized that this was just the beginning, it wasn't the end. The sacrament was the seal to begin. And therefore we meet every month, alternating prayer meetings and biblical meetings, in which instead we experience, we are confronted with couples of the Bible and this gives us great strength, great hope and makes us breathe a love greater than our own conjugal love. It makes us a family of families.
Holy Father, thank you for being here with us. It is a great joy because we arrive after the journey of Lent where we remembered together the gifts received. Deuteronomy 8: "Remember, Israel". We really feel lucky because we feel like people have been saved. Our journey together is from slavery to freedom as a couple. We are walking like this. We have prepared two symbolic gifts for you. One is the program of our course. We officially invite you, we invite you to participate. If you want, we will come to Santa Marta ... [laugh] We will then leave you the program, if you wish you can read it. The second gift is brought by our son, James, the firstborn. We have seen that he has already blessed faiths; we ask you to bless them again, because then we will exchange them ... These are the colors of your nation, Argentina, it is a gift for you. We will then try in the best way to remember the spouses of our wedding day, of our sacrament . The future spouses will have to have a little patience, they will resume the faiths, they will bring them with them already with His blessing. An added value. We really ask you to pray for us and we will do the same for you.
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