Included in this week’s issue:
Your Struggles. God says “I Got This!”
If God can raise His Son from the dead and defeat the powers of all evil, we can know for certain He has our own struggles under his care.
Benedict on Reverence to God
The great St. Benedict, a great founder in the Monastic movement, had this instruction to his fellow monks in his Rule, chapter 20.
“When we make application to men in high position, we do not presume to do so without reverence and humility; how much more, then, are we bound to entreat God, the Lord of all, with humility and devout purity of heart.”
Faith Makes Marriage Better
There are more reasons to attend church than just your amazing sermons.
The very good folks at the Institute for Family Studies (You should bookmark their site!) recently posted some good research (along with a number of very helpful visual graphs) showing that married couples who attend church together tend to have higher quality and more fulfilling marriages. As one of the lead researchers, W. Bradford Wilcox explains, “couples are substantially more likely to report being happy in their relationship when both partners attend church regularly than when neither partner does. This result holds equally for whites, blacks, and Latinos.”
Wilcox offers his thoughts on why this might be so from a sociological perspective,
“First, almost half of jointly attending couples form the majority of their friendships with fellow parishioners. Attending religious services with friends accounts for more than half of the association between church attendance and relationship quality, which means that couples who have many shared friends at their church are happier than other couples. Attending church with one’s friends appears to provide many role models of happy, healthy relationships. These friends can also offer support when an intimate relationship hits the inevitable speed bump, and such friends may encourage each other, by example or the threat of stigma, to resist the temptation of an affair.”