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Marriage According To The Teachings Of Saint Paul

2009-04-02

The participants were not only famous theologians but also couples that explained how they use St. Paul’s writings on love between a man and a woman.

Michael Waldstein
Ave Maria University (USA)
The single most important insight we get from St. Paul is that marriage is a mystery, not simply an arrangement of human beings, but the roots of it go very deep back into Incarnation, into Christ’s relationship with the Church and back into the trinity.

Susan Waldstein
Ave Maria University (USA)
We met when I was 18, we were very much in love for four years…..but because of the teaching of the Church, we were able to be chaste, so when we married, our honeymoon night was at the same time the moment when we could finally give ourselves to each other and we knew that our relationship was forever.

Livio Melina, the event organizer, highlighted that St. Paul’s letters emphasize the importance of reflecting on the true meaning of love, which goes beyond that of an emotion or a feeling.


Msgr. Livio Melina
President, Pontifical Institute John Paul II
Sometimes we let ourselves get carried away by an overly romantic notion of love: love as a feeling that fades away. A marriage cannot be built on this, it must be rooted in something deeper and more stable, to see love as an act of will in which one gives to the other and receives the other completely.

 

The meeting is part of a series of studies and activities summoned by Benedict XVI for the year of the Apostle Saint Paul to spread the wealth of his teachings.