Do you remember your wedding day? For some, it was decades ago, while for others it seems like (and maybe was) just yesterday! However, as any married couple can attest, it doesn’t take long to learn that marriage is full of ups and downs. Maybe that’s why the Church, in her wisdom, has us make a vow to love each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, all the days of our life.
The hills and valleys of married couples’ real lives are captured beautifully in “The Promise: We Said I Do Forever,” a five-part miniseries which airs on EWTN at 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, Feb. 12-16 (except for Wednesday when it airs at 5 p.m. ET). Encores air the following day at 2:30 a.m. ET, except for Tuesday when it airs at 3 a.m. ET.
In the Sacrament of Matrimony, the man and woman, as co-ministers of the sacrament, enter into a holy covenant; one in which God Himself joins the couple together and which no man must separate (Mark 10:9).
Unfortunately, couples can become discouraged or frustrated when the warm fuzzy feelings of wedding bliss fade. Many trials can wear a couple down, conflicts can drive a wedge between them, and resentment can fester for years. What’s a couple to do? Tune in as five couples, who have made it through the tough times, share how they did it.
If that’s not incentive enough to watch this terrific series, here are five of more reasons to tune into “The Promise: We Said I Do Forever” next week on EWTN:
- This series provides inspiration for couples to reminisce about “the good times” – the dating, the engagement, the proposal and the qualities that drew them together. Memories of the good times can lay the foundation needed to survive the hard times.
- This series is an antidote to divorce on-demand, so-called “same-sex marriage,” infidelity, selfishness, and more. Marriage is not always easy and it’s not always “fun.” These five couples have endured trials that tear others apart, and demonstrate that their endurance was possible because of their faith in God and their unwavering commitment to each other. Couples are challenged to pursue true love; that is, willing the good of the other, and working together to attain sainthood.
- This series can be the catalyst young people and engaged or couples contemplating becoming engaged need to start a discussion about their expectations about marriage, and whether their ideas are realistic.
- This series is a great reminder that all of us need to pray fervently for marriages since the family is the bedrock of society. Many couples struggle with cancer and other illnesses, the consequences of birth control and abortion, raising children according to God’s plan, and much more and often find it nearly impossible to make it through alone. We know that Satan hates holy marriages. Married couples need prayers so they have the strength and perseverance to endure when the going gets rough.
- The series helps those in every vocation – whether it’s married life, religious life, the priesthood, or celibate singlehood – understand that God calls everyone to holiness, whatever their state of life. Through the testimonies of these five couples, it’s easy to see that true happiness is only possible when a person listens to God and puts Him first in their life.
It’s no coincidence that this series airs during Valentine’s week, although the call to love is important every day of the year! Reignite your love for your spouse by watching “The Promise: We Said I Do Forever.”
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