From the Editors
It’s been quite a month – over 60 people attended the workshop in London and quite a few engaged couples ‘graduated’ from the Engage course. But the most significant news is that Fr Chuck Gallagher SJ, the founder of the Pastoral & Matrimonial Renewal Center, the birthplace of SmartLoving, passed into eternal life.
Over the course of his 80 odd years, Fr Chuck was a champion for marriage and inspired thousands of couples to embrace the Sacrament of Matrimony more fully and passionately. And through them… millions have been encouraged and called forth… including most of you. Fr Chuck’s weekly ‘Two of Us’ contributions to the SmartLoving blog will continue as a regular post as he left us with quite a few more! In addition, we will also begin featuring some of his many writings.
Francine & Byron Pirola
Vale Fr Chuck, sj
God used him to build a church on rock, to build a church full of passion, to build a church full of joy, to build a church that although broken like the human race, can experience healing, hope and many second chances and new beginnings. God used Chuck to build a church that dares to dream, to dream the impossible dream!
A church so full of a blazing love & grace in the presence of the God, that it overflows into ministries of compassion and support always pushing the borders to the next horizon.
God used Chuck (and all those who worked with him behind the scenes, countless couples and priests,) to hold up the Sacrament of Matrimony in a new light. He is the face of the Sacrament of Matrimony Movement in the 20th Century. Through this Movement several million couples and priests have been enriched and set on fire in their sacraments of Matrimony and Priesthood. Fr. Chuck helped to transport God’s blazing fire of love, not just over hills and mountains, but, from country to country. The Marriage Encounter Movement has reached over 100 countries since 1968.
Read more: here
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Spiritual Intimacy | It is often difficult for a couple to share their personal faith experiences with each other. This is so for couples of different faith traditions, but is also true even if they are of the same religion.
Daily Strongest Feeling | “Honey we need to talk!” Those five words strike unparalleled fear into a man’s heart. They usually mean an unpleasant message or a very long and arduous interaction. No wonder men dread these words!
Romantic Love: Feeling & Choice | From Hollywood to Cleo, the cultural representations of Romantic Love are clear: it’s a spontaneous feeling of attraction and affection for another. And like all feelings, we don’t choose it: it’s something that just happens to us. We spontaneously ‘fall’ into love and we are powerless to prevent it. …or are we?
Marriage: To be Happy or Holy? | ”… And they lived happily ever after”… it’s the ending of the fairy tale love story and has become the expected story line of most modern day couples. Swept away by passion and the overwhelming experience of ‘falling in love’, couples expect the wedding to seal their happiness in permanent (and effortless) marital bliss. Of course, reality is different.
Daily Appreciation | We all love to be appreciated. It feels good; it helps us to feel positive towards ourselves and towards the person expressing the appreciation. It is a genuinely loving gesture to express appreciation to another and, in marriage particularly, it is a positive relationship habit. Why is expressing appreciation of our spouse such a powerful force for good?
Two of Us: Our Commitment. | Exploring your couple commitment
Two of Us: Decisions in Marriage | Examining the decisions we make as a couple.
Two of Us: Self | Reflecting on self and recognising how we affect our spouse
Two of Us: Me and You | Uncovering our problems and moving forward with hope for our relationship.
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Grateful | When gratitude is present in a marriage, the couple’s good humour and welcoming generosity make their homes places of hospitality and warmth for all their visitors.
Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably.
Sexuality as Gift | Learning to appreciate our sexuality and build the sexual atmosphere between us.
The Ambitious Couple | What is the role of ambition in marriage?
Hear Me Know Me | It is often said that we cannot love what we do not know.
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