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Couples invited to ‘celebrate Valentine’s day in a Catholic way’

As couples around the world celebrate their love on St Valentine’s Day, a priest has called for more Catholic couples to pray together to help strengthen their marriage.

The plea from Fr Bart Parys, a Divine Word Missionary (SVD), comes ahead of a talk he’s due to give on February 15 at a retreat for married couples in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.

Fr Bart, pictured, said: “Very few people pray as a married couple – or as an engaged couple.

“Someone can have a rich spiritual life and be happy to pray to God on their own. But to express yourself before your spouse, even if they love to pray, can be difficult. But there is power in that kind of prayer.”

 

Profoundness

The Polish priest, who is based in Co Rosscommon, Ireland, spoke about the simplicity of praying together and the profound effects it can have on a relationship.

He said: “It gives me great joy to see lives transformed. The unity between the couples, the wounds healed, the growth in love all speak to you.

“It’s practical stuff, almost like a workshop. I explain to couples and encourage them in how they can pray together in their daily life.

“It doesn’t have to be a long prayer—it can be something simple, like praying the Our Father together before bed. Their unity will be improved a lot.

“It’s good to spend Valentine’s together, to renew your love to each other in the presence of the Lord. Let’s celebrate Valentine’s in a Catholic way.”

 

Importance of prayer

The event has been organised by the archdiocese commission on marriage and family life.

Fr Jeremy Milne, who leads the commission, said: “Valentine’s Day is rightly associated with couples celebrating their love with romantic gestures. With this event, we wanted couples to reflect on the importance of praying together as a means of nurturing that love by connecting with the Divine love of God.

“Our ‘Together Before the Lord’ event is a free afternoon retreat for married couples and those preparing for marriage. It takes place on February 15 at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh from 2pm to 5pm.”

Spaces are limited, please register on Eventbrite.

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