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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Artificial reproductive technology promises parenthood to infertile couples, but the experience of it can be very harsh.

The tremendous benefits that stable marriages provide for children, for society, and for the Church.

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Two Catholic priests talk about common reasons pastors don't teach about contraception from the pulpit and respond to each one.

In Humanae Vitae and Conscience Janet Smith applies her gifts of philosophy and analysis to the role of conscience.
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In NFP Theology and Morals two catholic priests detail the sin of contraception and God's plan for sexuality.

In "Prove it God" a Catholic woman and mother speaks on her conversion from contraception and her journey to Natural Family Planning.

A Catholic wife and mother describes the wonderful outcomes when she switched from "picking and choosing" among the Church's teachings to wholehearted acceptance. She also gives practical pointers for helping other people in her situation.
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Testimony of Healing: Sterilization Reversal - An Act of Love is the story of one couples experience of the harm of sterilization and the blessings of sterilization reversal.

How to find love that is Free, Faithful, Total, and Fruitful.

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.
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Practically speaking, widespread use of contraception has led directly to massive increases of divorce and abortion. Personal union and yearning for fertility are written physically into the structure of sexual relations, and shutting down one of these aspects hurts the whole relationship.There are practical, workable steps we can take to regain the overflowing life that God desires for us.

En términos prácticos, el uso generalizado de la anticoncepción ha llevado directamente a un aumento masivo del divorcio y el aborto. La unión personal y el anhelo de la fertilidad se escriben físicamente en la estructura de las relaciones sexuales, y cancelar uno de estos aspectos daña toda la relación de pareja.

Hay pasos prácticos y que se pueden trabajar para recuperar la vida desbordante que Dios desea para nosotros. La charla de Stephen Patton "Porque Importa la Anticoncepción" esta disponible aqui para que la escuchen gratis! <a href="http://onemoresoul.com/news-commentary/porque-importa-la-anticoncepcion.html">Leela!</a>

“La pareja perfecta”  es una adaptación de la historia de la pareja Alexander narrada en el folleto llamado “We Had Everything...  but Happiness “. Esta pareja tenía salud, un salario de seis cifras, una hermosa casa, dos hijos maravillosos, y una vasectomía. En pocas palabras se sentían miserables.  En formato de radio novela usted descubrirá como esta  pareja con la gracia de Dios encuentra la sanidad, la plenitud y la verdadera felicidad.
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ENCONTRANDO UN TESORO es la historia de una pareja joven de inmigrantes que por desconocimiento de las enseñanzas de la iglesia con respecto a la planificación familiar usan múltiples métodos artificiales anticonceptivos. Después de mucho sufrimiento, siguen el consejo de su párroco y verdaderamente encuentran un tesoro.

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