Every once in awhile I read something that makes me wonder if the message is not some kind of divine intervention. I try to read the scripture readings every day and then a reflection published in Living Faith - a booklet of Catholic devotions. You can imagine my surprise to read this reflection on Mom and Dad's wedding anniversary....
Mom and Dad must've had a typical German-style marriage - very little outward affection, lots of arguing, work above all else, but days beginning and ending with prayer. I like everything Mary Marrocco said in her reflection. The last time we sisters were together we talked about the ways Mom and Dad showed love to us and how that helped shape and form us. I swore to myself that I would not yell at my husband and as a result, feared sharing most things that bothered me. Well that's not good either. I guess the real close moment, during my prayer time, was the realization that Mom and Dad really loved each other or they would not have brought ten children into the world, supported and encouraged us, cooked and cleaned for us and prayed every day for us. And, they stood beside each other for almost 58 years. Maybe they were wise enough to know that they could not create love, because LOVE created them.
I pray for all my married friends often because I know how challenging that relationship can be. And, today, I hope those that read this will gain some wisdom and strength from the ONE who created love for us all.