The best thing that Tom and I have done in our lives has been attending a marriage retreat.
Who helps you to improve your marriage? Does your spouse or your kids? What about your boss? Do you remember all of those extra training hours your boss required for an improved marriage? Me neither.
As married couples, oftentimes we see a marriage retreat as a place for those “other” couples, you know, the ones who have problems.
We forget to take time for our own marriage, and in the Catholic church, our covenant. Tom and I believe we are called to marriage just as a priest, deacon, or nun is called to religious life. The church is Christ’s bride as I am Tom’s bride. Our loving relationship is built upon those grounds.
I remember going above and beyond the minimum requirements we were instructed to complete before we were married in 2002. We attended a Tobit retreat and met multiple times with a sponsor couple. We even decided that we would review what we learned each year on our anniversary. As each year passed, we would reminisce about our wedding. Seldom, maybe once or twice, did we open our marriage preparation books. I thought we had a great marriage. Of course it wouldn’t fail.
It was several years after we were married when we kept hearing about our friends’ and some family members’ relationships ending. None of the divorces came with much, if any, warning. That was when Tom and I decided to take a step towards strengthening, not just coasting along in, our marriage. We too had become roommates and were far from God’s call for our marriage.
Our experience at the Worldwide Marriage Encounter retreat (WWME) brought us back together. Christ became the center of our marriage. It continues to break our hearts when we see broken and struggling relationships. A belief that God wants the best for all marriages continues to inspire us to provide ongoing opportunities for enrichment through the Celebrate Marriage ministry. We continue to answer God’s call to share our journey.
We would like to offer you a day away from the everyday routine. Is your marriage worth one day? Take a day just for you and your spouse to focus on one of God’s greatest blessings, your marriage. Married couples of all ages are invited to join us for the annual one-day retreat, “Celebrate Marriage”, at Our Lady of the Greenwood.