Making Your Marriage a Gospel With Pope Benedict XVI

Pre-Cana with the Pope

Jan 10 2023 • 49 mins

In today's episode we look to the late Pope Benedict XVI for his thoughts on marriage. Together we reflect on what it means for our marriage to be a gospel and why our cultures crisis of faith is also a crisis of marriage. Let's jump in!

Some Pope Benedict XVI quotes:
The message of the word of God may be summed up in the expression found in the Book of Genesis and taken up by Jesus himself. What does this word say to us today? It seems to me that it invites us to be more aware of a reality, already well known but not fully appreciated: that matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today, especially the dechristianized world. The union of a man and a woman, their becoming “one flesh” in charity, in fruitful and indissoluble love, is a sign that speaks of God with a force and an eloquence which in our days has become greater because unfortunately, for various reasons, marriage, in precisely the oldest regions evangelized, is going through a profound crisis. And it is not by chance. Marriage is linked to faith, but not in a general way. Marriage, as a union of faithful and indissoluble love, is based upon the grace that comes from the triune God, who in Christ loved us with a faithful love, even to the Cross. Today we ought to grasp the full truth of this statement, in contrast to the painful reality of many marriages which, unhappily, end badly. There is a clear link between the crisis in faith and the crisis in marriage. And, as the Church has said and witnessed for a long time now, marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization.

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