"Matrimony responds to a specific vocation and must be considered as a consecration (cf. Gaudium et Spes, n. 48: Familiaris Consortio, n. 56). It is a consecration: the man and woman are consecrated in their love"
(Pope Francis, on April 2, 2014 General Audience )
Hans Urs von Balthasar interprets marriage as a life-giving form [Gestalt]:
"What could be stronger than marriage, or what shapes any particular life-form more profoundly than does marriage? . . . When they make their promises, the spouses are not relying on themselves—the shifting songs of their own freedom— but rather on the form that chooses them because they have chosen it, the form to which they have committed themselves in their act as persons. As persons, the spouses entrust themselves not only to the beloved ‘‘thou’’ and to the biological laws of fertility and family; they entrust themselves foremost to a form with which they can wholly identify themselves even in the deepest aspects of their personality because this form extends through all the levels of life—from its biological roots up to the very heights of grace and life in the Holy Spirit. And now, suddenly, all fruitfulness, all freedom is discovered within the form itself, and the life of a married person can henceforth be understood only in terms of this interior mystery"
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Our Lady of the Graces - Our Patroness
We offer various tools for organizing and doing self-guided retreats to married couples (and also to individuals) through this web site. These tools include online retreat, textbook and other help.
("The Kiss at the Gate" - St Joachim and Anne in a fresco by Giotto)
"I highly recommend this site to all who are interested in healing and growth in
Christ. It should be of special interest to married couples who are interested
in making the Ignatian retreat together. What is unique in this approach is an
emphasis on the two literally making the retreat together, e.g. praying in
dialogue, being silent together... [they] are onto something here that
is really a new development and you can read their book as it unfolds." (Dr. Bernard Tyrrell S.J., author of Christotherapy, Professor Emeritus at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA)