We have done what we were obliged to do 

November 12, 2019 6:00 am

“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’” (LK 17: 10)

What we are obliged to do? Go to work? Pray? Take care of our children? Or—take care of our relationship? to spend a good quality time together? You are a married couple; you are called to be spouses—this is the first and the most important obligation. Prayer, work, and parenting are also important, but, depending on your main vocation, you pray as a husband and wife, you work as a husband and wife, you are parents because you are husband and wife. First things first. 

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Seven times

November 11, 2019 9:14 am

“Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” (LK 17: 3-4) 

How weak we are, how often we fail, how many times we can harm our brothers and sisters, our relatives, even our spouses; not because we are so bad, or evil but because this is part of our broken nature. When we repent, when we ask for forgiveness, when we never give up and always want to be better—there is a hope for us. 

“Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Delivered from wicked and evil men

November 10, 2019 6:00 am

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.” (2 TES 2:16-3:2) 

We need to protect our environment; we need to protect our families and our marriages from “wicked and evil men.” On the contrary, the contemporary culture doesn’t support our values and doesn’t support our marriages. This is why we need to meet regularly with other couples who think the same way; this is why we need marriage harbor. 

“Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the dead; to him be glory and power, forever and ever.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

You are God’s building

November 9, 2019 6:00 am

“You are God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.” (1 COR 3: 9-11) 

It is so good to remember always that we are created by God, Who is love, and we are “God’s building.” We can have our difficult past, our wounds, our bad memories, but it is good to remember that “no one can lay a foundation other than the one who is there, namely, Jesus Christ,” Who is our Redeemer, our Love and the One Who came to take on His shoulder all our wounds, bad memories, and difficult past. We are God’s building. 

“I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there forever.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Full of Goodness

November 8, 2019 6:00 am

“I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.” (ROM 15: 14)

It is so good when we have somebody who looks at us in the same way as did St. Paul: “I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourself are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge.” When we have an environment which recognizes our goodness, we grow, we develop, and we love more and more. 

“Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Each of us shall give an account of himself to God

November 7, 2019 6:00 am

“Why then do you judge your brother or sister? Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God. So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.” (ROM 14: 9-12) 

This is our beginning – the beginning of every Program, of every step, and every strategy—stop changing our spouses. Let’s start with changing ourselves. It is much easier to “look down on your brother or sister” and “judge your brother and sister.” With our Programs, we want to change this world for a better place in which to live; where we change for the good of our spouses and love them unconditionally. 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Love is the fulfillment of the law

November 6, 2019 6:00 am

“The commandments, You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” (ROM 13: 9-10) 

There are days when we have so many tasks or things to do on our shoulders that we become like robots moving from one task to another one, dreaming of the moment when we fill finish all of them on time; we think that the result is in “fulfillment.” Actually, all “fulfillment of any kind of the law” is in love. While it is important to finish what we are obliged to do, if there is no love inside of our actions, we are missing something which is the most important. 

“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of God rests upon you.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Anticipate one another in showing honor

November 5, 2019 6:00 am

“Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.” (ROM 12: 9-10)

The more we love, the more we recognize the beauty and importance of our beloved ones; we naturally put them first, we “anticipate one another in showing honor.” That makes our love sincere because love is always a free, creative, and joyful gift of self. 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Inability to repay you

November 4, 2019 6:00 am

“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;  blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (LK 14: 13-14)

When we hear “inability to repay you, “probably we think about our Program’s subject #3—the gift of self. The sign of a true gift of self is in our freedom from any expectations—the gift totally unconditional, which makes it free, creative, and joyful. When our gifts are an “investment” for future benefits (with an expectation of very high ROI*), we are truly harmonizing our egoisms. 

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

*Return On Investment 

Powerfully bring to fulfillment  

November 3, 2019 6:00 am

“We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 THES 1: 11-12) 

God’s love called us to a life that will never end. Whatever we do, He is behind us to support and “powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose,” “that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in” us. Whatever we do for our marriages or for our families makes us “worthy of His calling,” because we are called to be the best husbands and the best wives and together—the best parents for our children. 

“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

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