It is not often that I feel the need to blog, but today I have the urge to do so. Over the past few month members of my family celebrated their wedding anniversaries. My niece and her husband celebrated 8 years in April, my sister Kathleen and her husband 11 years in June, my sister Ann and her husband 16 years in July, my brother and his wife 18 also in July. These were all very happy celebrations -- it is a joy for me to witness my siblings grow into loving spouses and parents. Perhaps the most significant anniversary this summer was the 47th wedding anniversary of my parents on July 24th. Although there was no celebration or even gifts exchanged, our family has reason to celebrate. In my 37 years, I have witness many more downs then ups in their relationships, things that many others might say could even be grounds for divorce. They persevered. My mom will often remind others of the importance of the vows she took -- in front of loved ones but more importantly in front of God. She will quote the “for better or for worse” line.
As a teen and even young adult I often did not understand why after all she has been put through, she would still be willing to stick to those vows. But as I grow in faith and understanding of it all I am grateful for the example of love and dedication my mother has for my father. 47 years ago she loved him and promised him, his parents, her parents, and God that she would love him until death do they part. She did not make promises to love him until he screwed up, or until he made poor choices that hurt her or threatened their very bond of marriage. No, her covenant and promise to God is stronger than all of that.
Let us join together and pray for married couples. And married coupled do not forget the power of the Sacramental Grace your union before God allots you - call upon it as often as you need - even if that (somedays) is a mighty need!