Encounter is designed to
give married couples the
opportunity to examine
their lives together . .
. a time to share their
feelings, their hopes,
and frustrations . . .
and to do so openly and
honestly in a
with the one person they
have chosen to live with
for the rest of their
The emphasis of Marriage
Encounter is on
husband and wife, who
spend a weekend together
away from the
distractions and the
tensions of everyday
life, to concentrate on
It's not a retreat, nor
a marriage clinic, nor
group sensitivity. It's
a unique approach aimed
This is a time for you
and your spouse to be
alone together. To
rediscover each other
and together focus on
your relationship for an
entire weekend. Every
marriage deserves that
kind of attention.
On Thursday, July 28, 2016, Pope Francis spoke from his balcony to young people present in Krakow, Poland. The primary focus of his address was married life. Pope Francis listed and explained “three key words” for married couples to embrace in their everyday lives, a theme he returns to often. These three words, which Pope Francis said strengthen marriages, are “permission, thanks, and forgiveness.”
Pope Francis advised spouses to seek out the opinion of the other before making decisions. He also suggested that spouses express gratitude to each other frequently, for “the sacramental relationship is maintained with this sentiment of gratitude, of thanks.” Finally, Pope Francis concluded his address by emphasizing the value and importance of forgiveness in the context of married life. The pope encouraged married persons to strive to end each day in harmony and peace with each other.
Pope Francis called out all young married couples in particular, declaring how courageous they are for partaking in the Sacrament of Marriage: “I tell them that they are the ones who have courage, because it’s not easy to form a family.” The Pope invited the youth present at his balcony address to pray for all engaged and married couples, as well as for families. Read the full address here.
Pope Greets From Window - CTV Screenshot
Following his first World Youth Day event with the young people in Blonia Park Thursday evening, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the Archbishopric of Krakow to greet the faithful gathered in the Square in front. Among those gathered were many couples and newlyweds.
Rome, Italy, Jun 16, 2016 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN
News).- Updated June 17, 2016 to include a clarification by the Vatican:
Pope Francis approved a revision to the official transcript to say that “a
portion” of sacramental marriages are null, instead of “the great majority.”
Pope Francis said Thursday that many sacramental marriages today are not
valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of
permanence and commitment. While he initially said in unscripted comments that “the great majority of our
sacramental marriages are null,” he later approved a revision of these remarks.
we thank you for the gift of life and love,
for the gift of marriage and family.
When you created man and woman in your image and likeness,
you inscribed deep in the heart of every man and woman
a deep longing for love and communion,
which you fulfill in marriage,
where “man leaves father and mother and clings to his wife
and the two of them become one flesh.”
Pope Francis noted that today is the 50th World Day of Communication, expressing his hope that communicators for the Church always unite truth and mercy.
The Pope mentioned today’s commemoration after praying the midday Regina Caeli with those in St. Peter’s Square.
His message for the world day this year focuses on “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter.”
The Holy Father cited his message for this year in noting that the world day was established by the Second Vatican Council, and that the “council fathers, reflecting on the Church in the modern world, understood the crucial importance of communication, that can ‘build bridges between individuals and within families, social groups and peoples. This is possible both in the material world and the digital world.’”
“I offer everyone in the field of communication a warm greeting,” he said, “and I hope that our way of communicating in the Church always has a clear evangelical style, a style that unites the truth with mercy.”
From a treatise on
John by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Tract. 65, 1-3: CCL 36, 490-492)
The new commandment
A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. This commandment
that he is giving them is a new one, the Lord Jesus tells his disciples. Yet was
it not contained in the Old Law, where it is written: You shall love your
neighbor as yourself? Why does the Lord call it new when it is clearly so old?
Or is the commandment new because it divests us of our former selves and clothes
us with the new man? Love does indeed renew the man who hears, or rather obeys
its command; but only that love which Jesus distinguished from a natural love by
the qualification: As I have loved you.
This is the kind of love that renews us. When we love as he loved us we
become new men, heirs of the new covenant and singers of the new song. My
brothers, this was the love that even in bygone days renewed the holy men, the
patriarchs and prophets of old. In later times it renewed the blessed apostles,
and now it is the turn of the Gentiles. From the entire human race throughout
the world this love gathers together into one body a new people, to be the bride
of God’s only Son. She is the bride of whom it is asked in the Song of Songs:
Who is this who comes clothed in white? White indeed are her garments, for she
has been made new; and the source of her renewal is none other than this new
Artist: Raphael Year: 1499–1502 Type: Oil on panel
Location: São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo
TO ALL MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER COUPLES:
May the Peace, Love, Freedom which our Lord brought to us through His Resurrection be with you all.
We continue to journey in this world as pilgrims, a walk in faith pilgrimage towards our "new Jerusalem."
We always consider that we need provisions in this journey in order for us to reach our destination.We need one another as husband and wife, to be companion to walk with. We need someone with whom we could share our experiences,doubts, fears, longings and anxieties in life. But the most important thing that we should not forget is the abiding presence of the Resurrected Lord though He comes to us sometimes unrecognized. This is the fruit of the resurrection. This is the Good News for us all. This is the kind of faith we should live.
Fr. Tomas E. Rito
San Mateo Chaplaincy
This is our big chance to let our relatives, friends and other Filipino
couples, who are in Dubai to experience the WWME weekend.
Dubai will have a weekend on:
Oct 29-31 and Nov 5-7, 2015
If anyone knows a couple in Dubai, kindly send their names and contact
phone/email to Nelson and Lucy Miranda (or to Gerry/Mila De Jesus @
[email protected]) and they will take care of contacting these Filipinos
This is our chance to evangelize our kababayans in that part of the world.
Let us include the Dubai WWME Community weekends in all our prayers. Salamat.
All for God's glory Edgar/Bibing Sarrosa and Fr. Junjun Limbaga
We ( 2 couples and Fr. Aru) travelled to Bahrain and conducted the below
programme for 19 couples 2 singles.
The feedback we got was very encouraging as some may make it to Dubai for
the weekends at the end of this month.
Many of them asked for the weekends in Bahrain and we promised them we would
look at arranging a weekend there in the near future.
Another wonderful news is that we found a Filipino priest Fr Peter Eugenio
who is an ME priest and has given the Weekends in the past. He was very Happy
for us coming to Bahrain and Enthusiastic about starting ME there.
May Jesus Guide us as we go into our weekends in Dubai. If any of your
countries have couples living in the UAE or anywhere in the gulf please
encourage them to make it to the weekends in Dubai.