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10 Bible Verses to Help You Strengthen Your Marriage

10 Bible Verses to Help You Strengthen Your Marriage

Marriage is a beautiful vocation. The love of a husband and wife is a visible sign of the love of God and the love of Christ for His Church. But like any relationship, marriage involves two imperfect people, and hard times are inevitable. If you are looking to strengthen your marriage there is no better place to turn to than the Word of God in Scripture. Below are 10 Bible verses to encourage you in your marriage, or to share with your loved ones who are engaged or newlywed.

1. 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

2. Ephesians 4:2-3 Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

3. Colossians 3:13 Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

4. Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

5. Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

6. Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

7. Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

8. 1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for each other. 

9. Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

10. Mark 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.

For more on how to strengthen your marriage, visit For Your Marriage.

 

Catholic bishops: We will continue to teach and act according to truth

Catholic bishops: We will continue to teach and act according to truth

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obergefell vs. Hodges, which requires all states to license and recognize same-sex marriage, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop, released a statement calling the ruling a “tragic error,” but encouraged Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love.

Below is the text of the full statement:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.

Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.

I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.

Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.

How to Be Happy: A Prayer for Good Humor

How to Be Happy: A Prayer for Good Humor

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and an important part of our spiritual growth. Pope Francis said, “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” And St. Teresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church, once prayed, “God save us from sour-faced saints!”

But there is so much in the world that brings us down, how can we maintain joy and a good sense of humor? As with everything, the key to growth is through prayer. If you’ve ever wondered how Pope Francis remains so joyful, one reason is a certain prayer he prays every day – the Prayer for Good Humor by St. Thomas More.

Here is the text of the prayer written by the English martyr:

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.
Amen.

Try starting your day with this prayer and begin looking at the world in a brighter light!