(Closed) Reading material?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

Welcome! The Catholic board is one of my favorites. There are some women here who really know their stuff and are great resources when things get confusing.

If you can, I strongly suggest a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend.  Some parishes require it, others don’t.  Its not “reading material” per say but it is a wonderful structured way for you and your future husband to have dialogue on really important issues and to share things that perhaps you have never put into words before.  Mr P and I just completed ours and I we agree that it was the most meaningful thing that we have done to prepare ourselves for marriage.

Best Wishes!


Post # 4
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I cannot recommend highly enough Pope Benedict’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love).  He writes about what Christian love, including romantic love, is all about.  Reading this a few years back absolutely transformed the relationship my fiance and I have.  The whole encyclical isn’t about mushy stuff–he also discusses love of neighbor and social justice.  

You can read it online at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est_en.html, or they also sell book versions of it (I originally read it online, but have found it so inspiring that I went out and bought a hardcover copy!).  

My favorite line: 
“Love is not merely a sentiment. Sentiments come and go. A sentiment can be a marvelous first spark, but it is not the fullness of love…Love is never ‘finished’ and complete; throughout life, it changes and matures, and thus remains faithful to itself.”

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