Break out the rice! From the Louisville Courier-Journal:
One hundred thirty-six Catholic couples celebrated going the distance in marriage, as long as 73 years in one instance, at the annual celebration of marriage led by Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz.
“You are witnesses to our faith… ” Kurtz told couples married 30 years or more at the 2 p.m. mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption on Fifth Street downtown. “Thank you for the gift of love and the gift of family.
“You’ve gotten to the point in your lives where the air is rare, and we thank you for that struggle. The church thanks you,” he said.
Giving is the secret to long lived marriage, many couples said. The longest-married couple (73 years) is Gertrude and Ed Maxwell of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Louisville.
Asked for their top tips for staying together, Donnie and Polly Potts of Jeffersontown said 59 years of marriage has been accomplished with enduring tenderness to each other.
“Never go to bed mad. Always hold hands and kiss before you go to sleep,” said Donnie Potts, 83, a retired United Auto Worker.
The total number of years combined of couples present was 6,646, Kurtz said in his homily.
“Stay madly in love. That is the secret,” said 88-year-old retired construction worker John Fultz of his wife Jean, who he met in a Germantown pub in the 1950s.
Read it all. God bless ’em.