When their marriage was going through hard times during the early years Prudence once consulted a priest counsellor. The words he quoted stayed with her for many years. “It isn’t that we loved God but that he loved us. Sometimes we feel more loved by our partner than we ourselves are capable of and sometimes it is the other way.” “He was right,’ she thought. ‘”our love is at times not the same and remembering that Jesus is working in our marriage too has helped me a lot over the years. I will continue to remember this.
Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God and he who loves is born of God and knows God. God is love. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. 1 John 4:7-10
Pope Francis: The grace of the sacrament of marriage not only strengthens the family to be a privileged place for practising mercy but also commits the Christian community and all its pastoral activity to uphold the great positive value of the family. MM14