The other day, a young lady brought up an interesting point – to become a priest or to enter the religious life is usually a 8+ year journey. To get married, you need to attend a few classes or meet with a priest. Something seems a little off.

After all, the priesthood, religious life, and married life are all vocations.

Now, I’m not advocating for 8 year engagement periods, but the young lady’s point addresses an issue that we are experiencing in our Church, but especially in our culture – many people don’t take marriage seriously.

Marriage is a vocation and a sacrament – it’s not something that we should just fall into. It requires discernment, preparation, and continuing to choose to live out this vocation.

If we’re not married, are we discerning marriage? Preparing to live out this vocation? If we are married, are we praying for graces from the sacrament, choosing to renew our vocation and vows each and every day?

Strong, faith filled marriages can have impacts for generations to come.

 

Be the Men,

 

Mark

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