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“On this journey prayer is important, it is necessary, always: he for her, she for him and both together. Ask Jesus to multiply your love.” – Pope Francis
As Pope Francis suggests, praying as a couple is good for your relationship, plain and simple. A recent analysis of data regarding couples’ and their religious practices found that 78% of couples who regularly attend religious services together reported being very, or extremely happy.
Also, couples who pray almost once a week or more frequently are considerably more likely to report being very happy in their relationship. Consider that God wants to be a part of your lives, and know that allowing Him in will do wonders for your relationship.
Not sure where to begin? A simple way to start is to frequent Mass and the sacraments together if you don’t already. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Mass, and the Most Holy Eucharist are vital nourishment for your marriage and lives in Christ. Apart from these, when it comes to prayer, don’t worry too much about “getting it right.” As Dr. Peter Kreeft reminds us, “the most important thing about prayer is not how we do it but that we do it.” Aim for practices that you can keep consistently. Looking for some ideas? Here are a select few prayers and links worth checking out.
Pray with the daily Scripture readings
How to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Novena for a Happy & Faithful Marriage
Other helpful sites and information
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends
WWME is an enrichment experience for good Christian marriages, offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. (Couples of all faith expressions are always welcome!)
Marriage Unique for a Reason Website
Women's Wellness & Fertility Center of New England
Retrouvaille...A Lifeline for Marriage
Strong and healthy marriages lead to healthy, loving and vibrant families. Retrouvaille offers couples the tools to rediscover their relationship. Tens of thousands of couples have transformed their marriages through this program which starts with a weekend and offers 6 follow up session and monthly enrichment meetings both in person and virtually.
Making Marriage Better
In this article, learn how spouses can rekindle the romance and strengthen the bond of their marriage.