Spiritual Retreats for Married Couples


"The married couple is the image of God"

"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  - see also our blog article: http://marriageretreats.webs.com/apps/blog/show/42093031-the-married-couple-is-the-image-of-god  )

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"

The Glory of the Lord,  Vol. 1,   Seeing the Form,   p. 27

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Doing an Ignatian Retreat as a Couple

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.

Those who wish can contact us directly with comments, questions, and/or prayer requests through our e-mail address

                                                                                                                                         ("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)


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 “The inner reality of love can be recognized only by love”
  (From   'Love Alone Is Credible'   by   Hans Urs von Balthasar)

Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-88) was a Swiss theologian, considered to be one of the most important Catholic intellectuals and writers of the twentieth century. Incredibly prolific and diverse, he wrote over one hundred books and hundreds of articles.

See more about him this site dedicated to his person and work: Hans Urs von Balthasar Internet Archive


                                                                    (Hans Urs von Balthasar -icon by Fr. William McNichols)

A good text to read about the theology of the Exercises in Balthasar's  ouvre:  "The Ignatian Exercises in the Work of Hans Urs von Balthasar By Werner Löser, SJ"  here

 The lecture presents how Balthasar unfolded three concepts around which the theology of the Exercises revolves: choice, indifference, and obedience. The author shows also that it was characteristic of von Balthasar’s work to locate the Exercises within the history of theology and spirituality.

Hans Urs von Balthasar is the founder of Communio International Catholic Review, together with Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger: 

 "The English-language edition of Communio is a quarterly issue that regularly carries articles on philosophy, the arts, and the relationship between Catholicism and American culture. Emphasis is placed on exploring the meaning of John Paul II’s call for a “new evangelization.” Indeed, in every issue of Communio, an effort is made to reestablish the bond between prayer and theological reflection, the loosening of which lies at the heart of so many contemporary problems."








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