[quote="Lapey, post:10, topic:235795"]
I've heard this opinion stated many times here. You have to see and understand fully what marriage is and what happens in formation in order to see what affect the process has on a marriage.
If you believe that marriage is created by God, then how could a vocation formation to be a minister of God and His Church have anything but a positive affect on a union of man and woman?
My wife and I were close and in a solid relationship since we were both teenagers, I married my high school sweetheart. But we had no idea how special our relationship would become as a result of deepening our faith and our knowledge of our faith.
To put it simply, our marriage, "primary vocation", would be more deminished had we not gone through the rigors of formation. As far as our children, they have been brought through a formation of young Catholics that many kids will never experience.
We have three teenage kids, 15 year old boy, 16 year old girl, and a 19 year old boy in college. They have thrived in the atmosphere that the diaconate has provided them. I thank God for leading me into this "secondary" vocation, because of my "primary" vocation.
PS. I don't, neither do most deacons I would guess, look at either as a "primary or secondary" vocation. I am a husband and father who happens to be a deacon, quite simple.:thumbsup:
Yes, that is good. Thanks for the insight. I guess I just worry about the possibility that the Church would have married priests, but I don't think She'll change her teaching on that. As both Pope John Paul II and our current Pope say, that is not up for discussion; it'll never change. Protestant ministers seem to have a very divided life between their families and pastoral duties, and that seems partially responsible for the thousands of Protestant denominations' lack of unity.