Many couples have a limited understanding of their faith. Intensifying the problem is the limited time priests and other marriage mentors have with couples before marriage. These situations add up to thousands of couples entering marriage mostly ill-equipped to face the challenges of married life.
Theology of the Body
This reality is starting to change, though, as Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" begins to take root in the thinking and practice of the Catholic Church.
"Marriage preparation ministry is one of the hardest ministries in the Church today because the culture has dominated so much of our perspectives on marriage and sexuality. As a result, the couples who come to us are very often in great need of catechetical and spiritual formation" explains theologian Christopher West. Full story ...
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MADISON -- Preparations are underway for the Diocese of Madison's pilgrimage group traveling to Sydney, Australia, in July 2008 for the 10th World Youth Day (WYD) celebration.
The focus for next year's international event is centered on "Youth, Witness, and Power" - a reference to "You will received power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8). Pope Benedict XVI selected this theme in hopes of inspiring Catholic youth of the world to recommit to their baptismal promises, active participation in the sacraments, and living out their apostolic mission.
The journey to Sydney will officially begin in the Diocese of Madison on Pentecost Sunday, May 27. The launch date for the diocesan pilgrimage is symbolic of the church worldwide as it honors when the Holy Spirit descended upon the world and people from "every nation under heaven" gathered together and could understand one another as each spoke in a different language.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit and joined together with other believers can empower individuals, parishes, and countries to do amazing things. World Youth Day is an incredible testimony to the living body of Christ, the power of the cross, and the beauty which pours forth from giving witness to the Word. Full story ...
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