Truly priceless St. Valentine’s Day gifts for married couples

Based on working with thousands of couples over the past 34 years, I would like to offer suggestions for priceless gifts that you can give to your spouse this Valentine’s Day. These are the gifts of virtues that will strengthen your personality, marriage, children and society.

Understanding marriage

As a result of the weakening of the Faith and the subsequent diminishment of the sense of the sacred over the past 40 years, many couples have entered marriage without a deep understanding of the beauty and holiness of the vocation to Catholic marriage. Pope John Paul II addressed this weakness in his extensive writing and teaching. He expanded the Catholic understanding of marriage as being not only a symbol of the love between Christ and his Church, but also as being an icon of the love within the heart of God, the Trinity.

The oneness and flow of love between a husband and a wife is meant to model after this Trinitarian love.

Pope John Paul wrote, “[M]an and woman, created as a ‘unity of the two’ in their common humanity, are called to live in a communion of love, and in this way to mirror in the world the communion of love that is in God, through which the Three Persons love each other in the intimate mystery of the one divine life” (Mulieris Dignitatem, No. 7).

An understanding of this call to total self-giving and its support from the Lord’s love is a source of fulfillment and happiness to couples.

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Submitted by Nancy W.

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