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JULY 2015 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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"What is our purpose in the world? To love God with all our heart and all our soul and to spread this love to all. Does that seem little? God does not abandon any soul to a blind destiny. He has a plan for all and He calls each to a very personal and non-transferable vocation."         (St. Josemaria Escriva)

Marriage is Marked by a Complete Self-Giving and
Openness to God's Gift of Life

"A married couple should build their life together on the foundation of a sincere and pure affection for each other, and on the joy that comes from having brought into the world the children God has enabled them to have. They should be capable of renouncing their personal comfort; and they should put their trust in the providence of God.

People who are constantly concerned with themselves, who act above all for their own satisfaction, endanger their eternal salvation and cannot avoid being unhappy even in this life. Only if a person forgets himself and gives himself to God and to others, in marriage as well as in any other aspect of life, can he be happy on this earth, with a happiness that is a preparation for, and a foretaste of, the joy of heaven."
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Resource: Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage. Reflections from St. Josemaria Escriva
 

Humility
     “When pride comes, disgrace comes;
but with the humble is wisdom
.” Proverbs 11:2
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Humility does not mean you think less of yourself...
It means that you think of yourself, less
...(C.S. Lewis) ...
for the sake of the vulnerable members of your household.
Litany of Humility
 
          O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
From the fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should…
 
Father, we ask that our prayers be joined
to those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Humble yourself before God...Give Him your anxieties.
He cares for you and will lift you up. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

"Those who are called to the married state will, with the grace of God, find within their state everything they need to be holy, to identify themselves each day more with Jesus Christ, and to lead those with whom they live to God."
(St. Josemaria Escriva)
Find more resources here: www.michigancelebratesmarriage.com

Meeting of Families in Kalamazoo
 

Would you like to take part in a local Kalamazoo Meeting of Families?
For families who will not be attending the WMF in Philadelphia in September 2015...we are looking for persons/families interested in taking part in a Kalamazoo Diocese "meeting of families".

 
For more information, please contact Socorro Truchan via phone: 269-903-0199 or email: struchan@diokzoo.org

What does it mean to love my spouse unconditionally? 

Whether you're married a few months or a few decades, the Sacrament of Matrimony calls us to love each other unconditionally. Come and explore with us how we are called to love our spouse: when romance seems to fade…or if one of us puts on weight...Loving through annoying habits...Loving when we say things that hurt...Loving during the early years of marriage, and as life changes... 
 

DATE: Saturday, August 22, 2015
TIME: 7:00 - 8:30pm

PLACE: Crowley Center, Kalamazoo, MI

COST: $10 per couple

PRESENTERS: Jim & Susan Vogt

RSVP: Jane Bodway 269-903-0147 or
via e-mail
jbodway@diokzoo.org

 

“The real ‘wedding gift’ is this: Your marriage is a reflection of the Holy Trinity, and with the grace of Christ, you are a living and credible icon of God and His love.” — Pope Francis
 
Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged
 
 We are excited to announce the 2015 schedule for this new marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. The weekends with registration openings in 2015 are September 19-20, and November 14-15. To register for a weekend, please visit our website here: http://www.diokzoo.org/marriage-preparation or contact Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org via phone at: 269-903-0199
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