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The marital commitment that a man and a woman make to each other before God and in the midst of the Christian community is a most perilous undertaking; it is a journey fraught with risk. Marriage offers the daring proposition that two people might unconditionally bind themselves together for life without destroying each other, their offspring, or both in the process. To promise oneself to another before God is, I am convinced, one of the most radical things we do as Christians.
Richard R. Gaillardetz "A Daring Promise" 2007
Marriage is a journey not a destination. It begins with positive intention, two people declaring their love for each other, their commitment to all that life will offer in the future, ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health all the days of our life’.
Marriage carries with it many challenges and rewards. Couples who get married will enter into between ten and fifteen marriages to each other in the course of their life together. The birth of a first child changes the marriage relationship, so does the birth of any subsequent children. The loss of a job, moving house, sustained illness, all of these life events change the dynamics within the relationship and therefore changes the marriage.
In this section of our website we will offer articles on marriage from a variety of authors, some up to date research on marriage in Ireland and further afield. Our hope is that the material included here will offer support, information and challenge as you endeavour to live out the promises you made to each other the day you said ‘I do’.