Marriage prep materials


#1

We are a sponsor couple at our parish and are going to start working with a new couple in a couple of weeks.

She is Methodist; he Catholic. As we have not yet met, I do not know how strongly each holds his faith.

What I do know is that the text we use, *For Better & For Ever, *is at best, woefully inadequate.

Can anyone suggest a better program, or if you were preparing a couple for marriage, what would you give them as reading material, esp. considering the conflicts in a mixed marriage?

I am thinking about Humane Vitae to start with, but maybe with a commentary. Does anyone know of one.

I also like *Good News about Sex and Marriage *(West). I want these people (they are in late 20’s, so not kids) to know something about the beauty of Catholic teaching on marriage, and not just sex.

Thanks for the help!


#2

Do you mean Gregory Popcak’s “For Better… Forever!”? I love that book!

I would suggest “Three to Get Married” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. :thumbsup:


#3

I don’t do marriage prep, so I am no expert. While I would not shy away from Humanae Vitae, I don’t know that I would start there. I suspect I would start with West.


#4

Fr. Leo is doing his next talk on marriage in the 2006 Lenten Retreat. Make sure and check in.


#5

[quote=whiteyacht]Do you mean Gregory Popcak’s “For Better… Forever!”? I love that book!

I would suggest “Three to Get Married” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. :thumbsup:
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The Marriage prep book is not Popcak’s. It is by Fr. Rob Ruhnke. He is a good enough speaker, but I think this text relies too much on the psychological aspects of marriage and not enough on the spiritual, though there are sections on prayer and worship. I didn’t know about the Popcak book; I will definitely check it out. I love his stuff.

And thanks for the Bishop Sheen recommendation. I had thought of that, too, but couldn’t remember the title.


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