[quote="Spencerian, post:9, topic:220013"]
As a newlywed myself, I'd love to tattoo this statement on the forehead of anyone considering marriage:
Marry only your best friend.
Like fashion, shows, movies, and other transients, people today take too many things too transparently or lightly. They rely on anecdotal authorities or cite bad examples while ignoring the good of marriages properly created. Worse, they rely only on themselves and their personal impulses in such decisions.
It's strange to see the general populace grow more skeptical about the need for marriage while watching a group that cannot qualify to accept the sacrament--those with same-sex attractions--seek to attain it so strongly, although generally for reasons of acceptance or self-identity.
As with our Catholic faith--aw heck, Christian teaching as a whole--many of us are poorly taught or are too headstrong to accept what is taught of the nature of marriage. Took me one extra turn through it myself to learn what was required and whether it was truly a vocation God called me to do.
Congrats on your marriage.
Even with what has happenned to me - I still believe. My anniversary date is 12/6/08. I still believe - so it is the Feast of St Nick so as I kiddingly tell my friends when they ask me if I will ever get married instead of going through the whole discertation on annulment, etc - is Yes, Joan there is a St. Nick. (who by the way is also a patron Saint of Marriage.)