It never ceases to amaze me how generously Our Lord inspires human hearts that love, that are open to receive His grace, and desire to help others. And, how beautiful is the astounding fruit that is borne from union and cooperation with His Will. Beyond. Our. Imagination.
So is the story of the development of Witness to Love Marriage Prep Renewal Program by Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret!
Mary-Rose Verret was my guest today, and had so much to say in introducing us to a truly unique marriage prep renewal program that combines the fullness of the magisterium of the Catholic Church (including Theology of the Body and practical implementation of the Virtues in relationship) in combination with the very best of secular psychology (Attachment Theory, Forgiveness Therapy, Marital & Family Therapy, etc.) Be still my heart…..
Witness to Love was born of prayer before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in an adoration chapel in Lafayette, LA in response to the heartache experienced by Mary-Rose, Ryan, and Fr. Michael Delcambre, prompted by news of the broken marriage of a loved young couple. Mary-Rose shares how they were led from that time of prayer to join with experts in the fields of theology and psychology to produce the Witness to Love: How to Help the Next Generation Build Marriages that Survive and Thrive program.
Mary-Rose and I talked about the program itself, as well as delved into some of the issues – such as selfishness, and the distortions about the human person prominent in our modern culture – that surface rather quickly and split so many couples apart.
In addition to the expert foundation upon which the program is built, there is an additional key difference to this program – that of the Mentor Couple who is chosen by the engaged couple themselves as a couple in whom they trust, and see the union and virtue to which they aspire for their own marriage. The mentor couple receive training as well in the program, and journey together with the engaged couple throughout the engagement and beyond into their new marriage.
Even if you are not married, or have been married for many years – whatever your station in life – there is something for all to learn in this episode!
LISTEN TO THE SHOW:
- Witness to Love-Media Info (Interviews, Videos, Press Kit & Product Information)
- Marital Healing – Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons (I am such a fan of psychiatrist Dr. Fitzgibbons – he is an incredible gift! This is a tremendously rich site filled with information, videos, links, as well as numerous self-assessments that are directed towards issues within ourselves and in our relationships that lead to problems)
- International Forgiveness Institute – co-founded by psychologist Dr. Robert Enright (I’m also a fan of Dr. Enright, who is known as the “unquestioned pioneer in the scientific study of forgiveness”.)
- Letter to Families (St. John Paul II, 1994)