Renewing Society through Marriage Encounter

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Renewing Society through Marriage Encounter


LAST weekend I was part of an "ecclesial team" which conducted a Marriage Encounter Weekend Seminar (MEWS) of Class #28 of Blessed Sacrament ME Community at the SVD Retreat House in Tagaytay City.

The big batch of 22 couples and two widows led by Jayvee Jessy Qui-nones as shepherd couple and Bong-Remy Canayon as coordinating couple, underwent a live-in weekend renewal program aimed at strengthening and enriching their married life.

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Although hectic and taxing, the Marriage Encounter was a joyful and fulfilling experience for me and the sponsoring ME Class #26, having helped couples who either had strained relationships or who had reached a blind alley in their marriage.

The weekend seminar based on the actual experiences of the presenting couples, Efren-Fina Cruz and Ding-Polet Teves, before and after their own renewal showed how the couples could communicate with one another in a loving and non-accusatory way since very often the failure to talk out marital problems and grievances had been the cause of fractured relationship.

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The role of God in the couples marriage was likewise stressed. "I didnt realize that God was part of our married life," one husband confided.

The weekend encounter was also an opportunity of reaching out to lukewarm Catholics, some of whom had not gone to confession since their First Holy Communion in grade school. Others did not even know what Confession was all about.

"I dont remember when my last Confusion was," wrote one. Another said, "This is my first Compassion."

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This showed that theres a lot of catechising or religious instruction to be done in the church today! …

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