Looking at Marriage During Lent: An Ideal Time for the Renewal of Our Marriages
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first three paragraphs of "Looking at Marriage During Lent"Lent seems to be the ideal time to look at marriage. How does our Lent journey shape what we are called to do in marriage? A few decades ago, the word "obey" was removed from wedding vows. Instead we promised to love, honor and cherish each other. Many years later, Jesuit philosopher John Kavanaugh, S.J. lamented how much we had lost by dropping the word "obey" from wedding vows. He said that the root of the word "obey" simply means to put the needs of another ahead of our own. Obedience in this context has nothing about one dominating another - only two people pledging to put the needs of the other ahead of their own. What a wonderful idea. It seems that this is exactly what we are called to in a gospel-based marriage.