#7 Young and Married

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When is someone too young to marry? What is the research, the experience and the facts about the age at which we marry? We’re unpacking the myths, minefields and unexpected blessings of young marriage with SmartLoving graduate, Michael Paton.


Michael Paton is currently the Leader of Liturgy and Retreats and Music Teacher at St Augustine’s College in Sydney as well as the Music Convenor for the Association for Independent Schools NSW. Prior to this Michael has worked as the Music Director and Youth Minister for the Parish of Our Lady of the Way in North Sydney. He has volunteered in Ghana as a classroom teacher, and has sat on the Pastoral Councils of North Sydney Parish and Toukley Parish on the Central Coast.

Most importantly, Michael is a child of God serving in his vocation as husband to Amanda and father to their two girls Evie and Mia.

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The Take Home

Morning Recitation of Vows

Private recitation of wedding vows – preferably in context of prayer, each morning.

Lord Jesus, I renew this day, the vows I made on our wedding day.

I take [spouse name] to be my wife/husband.

I promise to be faithful to her/him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.

I will love her/him and honour him all the days of my life.

This daily practice is a reminder of our mission to love, a reminder that my commitment to love is not conditional on whether the other is living up to my expectations. It is also an effective spiritual practice for facilitating the flow of grace through our sacrament.


National Marriage Project – Tie the Knot: Is Marrying Later Always Better?
SmartLoving – Knot Yet series
SmartLoving BreakThrough
Messy Family Project Board Meeting https://messyfamilyproject.org/courses/family-board-meeting

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