During National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Feb. 14), we celebrate the gift which is marriage. In prayer, we lift up married couples to our loving God, asking him to help them grow in love with each other. The year has been a difficult one for many married couples. The isolated life of the pandemic has been both challenge and consolation. All the more reason for our prayer for married couples. We need the hope that the beauty of a committed marriage relationship shows to the world. Pope Francis rightly reminds us that marriage is the sacrament that attracts attention. People can see something beautiful happening in the life of a married couple. The sacrament of marriage is certainly a source of grace and strength for the couple, but it is also a gift to the Church as the commitment that is its foundation tells us that love is possible. It is a reflection of the very image and likeness of God who is love. As we celebrate marriage, we remember that God, in Jesus, is always with us and, with his help and grace, assists us in all our efforts to live the love he calls us to share. May our married couples continue to grow in love and peace and may the sacred union of man and woman in marriage always reflect the union of Christ with his Church.
***The National Marriage Week section of the diocesan website can be viewed at: www.portlanddiocese.org/NationalMarriageWeek.