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A Message for Married Couples on St Valentine’s Day

God does not call us to mediocrity. God calls us to be a radical witness; to bring alive within our marriage the passionate love and extravagant mercy he has for every human person. God calls us to live this reality within our own marriage and to proclaim it to our families and to the world through our lived example.

But marriage can be a challenge sometimes! We are not always easy to love, especially when hurts and disappointments accumulate.

Yet God is endlessly patient and merciful! Even when we fail, even when we settle for less, even when we doubt … God’s mercy calls us back.

This year, St Valentine’s Day coincides with Ash Wednesday. Why not make Lent a time to bring mercy more deeply into your marriage with this daily prayer:

Heavenly Father,
You call us to radical holiness;
to witness to your passionate love
and extravagant mercy.
Forgive us for the times
we have failed to love
and help us to more readily
forgive each other.
Inspire us with the ambition
to grow ever closer to the
fulfilment of our vocation.


Francine & Byron Pirola

Francine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links. For Media Enquiries Please Contact us here

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