Marriage Preparation Tools

wed-5.gif · 1) Give couples an outstanding "marriage prep packet".
· 2) Set out a table with additional resources.
· 3) Build a powerful Marriage Preparation Curriculum.
· 4) Create a library for couples, presenters, and mentors.
· 5) Provide resources for Hispanic couples as needed.


There is now an online marriage preparation service that works with local Marriage support personal and allows couples in unusual situations (such as one partner being overseas for the time being) to complete a full featured marriage preparation program.


Why Marriage Preparation Matters

The goal of Marriage Preparation is to bring about superb marriages, the kind of marriages where people say, "Aren’t they a wonderful couple!" and mean it. The realities of our culture make this extremely challenging. Nearly all of the couples who come to the Church for marriage are already sexually active with one another; nearly all of them are using contraceptives* to avoid pregnancy before marriage, and half to three quarters of them are already living together. By their lifestyle choices, they have already convinced themselves that the Church has nothing to tell them about male-female relationships or fertility management, and certainly nothing worthwhile to say about sexuality.

So why do they come? Plainly they are looking for something more than they can get from cohabitation. They know from observation of other couples (and possibly their own bitter experience) just how fragile sexual relationships outside of marriage can be. They want something better for themselves and hope that a gorgeous public ceremony or maybe some mysterious "blessing" from the Church can give them that extra something.

So what can the Church do for them? Well, Jesus gave us the best teaching on marriage and relationships ever delivered, and John Paul II has taken that teaching and packaged it so well that we now know more about what makes a marriage work (and what doesn’t) than ever before, and this knowledge is mostly available only through the Catholic Church.

Marriage is a fine-tuned, extremely powerful biological/psychological/spiritual package. Marriage moves couples to create the very best setting for bringing up resourceful, contributing members of society.
That setting is the human family with two highly involved parents. The family, however, revolves around the wholehearted sexual donation of each spouse to the other. Anything that attacks that relationship is highly destructive to marriage and the family. Pornography, for example, involves the husband with imaginary sexual images instead of his wife. Both partners are clearly aware of this disconnection, and sexual activity becomes divisive instead of unitive, with typically disastrous consequences. Birth control is even worse. Contracepted sex is the individual pursuit of physical/emotional gratification instead of a mutual pursuit of greater love and family involvement. This self-centered sex, unlike family-oriented sex, has devastating effects, for example, the huge increase in divorce that has come about as our culture has become saturated with birth control.

Marriage preparation programs can now clearly teach what factors, such as birth control, attack the marriage bond and what factors, such as accepting children, support and enhance it. We owe a great debt to John Paul II, because now we can tell couples not only what to do (and avoid) for a life-long, excellent relationship, but we can also tell them why these practices make such a remarkable difference. Effective marriage preparation, however, calls for a thorough re-education of the trainers as well as the trainees, since all of us are immersed in a culture where sexual values are highly distorted.

This is absolutely worth the effort. Healthy marriages lead to loving families. Loving families lead to functional, productive communities—a culture of life, a Civilization of Love. Anything we can do to foster this society will have an enormous payoff!

Four steps to take:



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Do you want a more fulfilling, more satisfying relationship with your spouse? Based on the four essential characteristics of authentic marital love, this pamphlet will give you quick yet profound insights and the keys to unlocking your heart and the heart of your beloved.

Pamphlet describing the troubles that come with cohabitation.

Como los hombres jóvenes pueden escoger la verdadera masculinidad.
Four Keys to Happy Healthy Marriage
CODE: P4KT
Cohabitation
CODE: PCOH
20 formas para que los hombres jovenes pueden llegar a ser VERDADEROS hombres.
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One More Soul's CD sampler contains one each of the 17 CDs One More Soul produces on abortion, contraception, breast cancer and the pill, and catholic sexual teaching. A $60.00 value.

Vasectomy Safe and Simple? Although the medical community and most family planning advocates consider vasectomy safe and simple, this pamphlet provides a review of current research on vasectomy that indicates the procedure has a number of short- and long-term complications and is not a healthy choice.

Cuatro médicos que no prescriben anticonceptivos  dan razones médicas para esta decisión.
CD talks Sampler
CODE: SCDS
Vasectomy Safe and Simple?
CODE: PVSS
Problemas asociados con el uso de hormonas para el control de la natalidad
CODE: PHPBsp
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Traces the Bible's opposition to contraception from Genesis to Revelation with wonderful clarity.

What tubal ligation is; the physical, mental and moral consequences that a woman should consider before making the serious decision to become sterile; and what alternatives exist

The Christian and Contraception shows the impact of contraception on society and the Christian churches, then challenges Christians to return to scriptural principles of family life.
The Bible vs Contraception
CODE: PBVC
Female Sterilization
CODE: PFSW
The Christian and Contraception
CODE: PCAC
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Sexual Wisdom challenges false sexual ideas with truth based on medical fact, established research, and the author's own wise thinking.

Debido a diversos problemas con la píldora, muchas personas están buscando alternativas. Estos son los principales usos de la píldora, cómo funciona y alternativas eficaces.
First Comes Love
CODE: KFCL
Sexual Wisdom
CODE: BSWG
Alternativas para la Píldora
CODE: PATPsp
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The testimony of a man who reluctantly agreed to stop using contraception and try Natural Family Planning in his marriage. What followed, in his heart, his marriage, and his family, was nothing short of a miracle.

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Cardinal Egan presents a beautiful picture of an unborn, 20 week old baby and challenges the viewer to see what is plainly displayed.
1 Free copy of It Brought Me Back to God (with any purchase or donation)
CODE: FIBM
English Pamphlet Packet
CODE: SPPP
Just Look
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Chris West gives an overview of John Paul II's Theology of the Body, a groundbreaking synthesis of Scripture with modern understanding of the human person and human sexuality.

Un resumen corto excelente  del método Billings de Planificación Natural de la Familia

La profética  encíclica de 1968 que llamó a la Iglesia para vivir la visión completa de Dios para la vida familiar.
John Paul II's Theology of the Body (mp3)
CODE: CTOBm
El Metodo Billings de la Ovulación
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Humanae Vitae
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