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Confirmation prep. lesson 16

"What does it mean to say, 'I do'?"

Welcome back! This week's lesson begins on page 145 of your workbook.

One powerful image we have for how God loves us is the love shared between a husband and wife. That is how much He loves us. Let's prayerfully listen to just a few of the verses from Scripture that drive this point home.

+ In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

"He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full."

- John 3:29

"On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with His disciples."

- John 2:1-2

"Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lame has come, and his Bride has made herself ready..."

-Revelation 19:6-7

Dive in! Begin by reading

Wedding Bell Blues

on page 146 as an introduction to the videos.

Watch it! Login to your ascensionpress.com account and watch the lesson 16 videos. Follow up each video with the response questions on page 147.

After segment 1, think to yourself: Do you know a married couple with the kind of marriage you would like to have some day? What is it about their relationship that stands out to you?

What did you think about the idea of a groom wearing black to represent "dying to self"? What does "sacrificial love" in marriage mean to you?

After segment 2, answer this: Why do you think it is important that marriage is permanent, that it binds a husband and a wife together for life?

Do you know anyone who has received an annulment? Do you know difference between and annulment and a divorce? In an annulment, the Church determines that God never actually bound the couple in marriage due to some hindrance. For example, if either the man or woman entered the marriage due to external pressure rather than on his/her own free will, the marriage is null--it never took place. The bond of love is necessarily a free choice.

After segment 3, think about this: In light of love being free, total, faithful, and fruitful, what are some ways you can start to love your future spouse now?

What qualities would you look for in a potential spouse?

Why is it important to make God part of any dating relationship? How can you do this?

Conclude by reading,

To the Heart with Jason Evert

on pages 148 and 149.

Our hero of the week is St. Elizabeth of Hungary,

a woman who brought about holiness in her husband by her own selfless love of others. Read about her on page 150.

Lastly, choose a challenge for the week from page 151.

God bless you! Have a great week ahead!

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