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Pope Francis Offers Advice to Engaged Couples

Diane Montagna - published on 05/27/15





Engaged couples who commit themselves to this path both grow, and all of this leads to preparing for a beautiful celebration of Marriage in a different way, not in a worldly way, but in a Christian way! Let us consider the words of God we heard, when he speaks to his people as a fiancé to his bride-to-be: “I will espouse you to me forever, I will espouse you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will espouse you to me in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord” (Hosea 2:21-22). May every betrothed couple think of this and say to one another: “I will take you as my bride, I will take you as my husband.” Wait for that moment. It is a moment, it is a path that goes slowly ahead, but it is a path of maturation. The steps of the journey should not be burned. This is how we mature, step by step.

The time of betrothal can truly become a time of initiation, into what? Into surprise. Into the surprise of the spiritual gifts with which the Lord, through his Church, enriches the horizon of the family that stands ready to live in his blessing.

Now I invite you to pray to the Holy Family of Nazareth: Jesus, Joseph and Mary. Pray that the family may make this journey of preparation; and pray for couples who are betrothed. Let us pray to Our Lady all together, one Hail Mary for all engaged couples, that they may understand the beauty of this journey towards Marriage.

[Ave Maria …]

And to engaged couples who are here in the square: “Blessed path of betrothal!”.

Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.



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