Friday Feedback 9

by | Jan 31, 2014 | Friday Feedback

Friday Feedback 9 –

John and Melanie
What is your overall impression of this prep ?
John: I found this preparation extremely educational, first because I am not Catholic, but also because I never thought about marriage in the ways it prompted me to think about it. I think I have benefited a lot from what I have learned about marriage being a sacrament and a covenant, it has lent a completely new lens to the way I view the bond we are pledging to each other.

I was worried that it would be very judgmental or that I would do terribly at it. Instead, I have gained a lot from all of the positive feedback and I have also learned a lot about Melanie’s faith, which is great since it is the faith we will raise our kids in.
Melanie: This prep has helped me to reconnect with my Catholic faith in a way I did not expect, and has made me so excited and happy that John and I will be getting married in the Church.
I did not know what to expect from the prep, despite having attended Catholic school all of my life. I found myself each time looking forward to getting our feedback and reading through what our instructors had to say to us. It always inspired a lot of discussion and prayerful contemplation between John and I.

What did you appreciate most and why?

John: I most appreciated the exercises about the marriage vows and forgiveness, it means a lot to me to now understand what we will be saying to each other and what it means in the larger faith context.
Melanie: I most appreciated the forgiveness exercise because it produced such a productive conversation between John and I. The feedback form and exercises for the rite of marriage unit was also deeply inspiring and interesting, because it gave me knowledge that I didn’t know about the sacrament of marriage.

How did the course revive – or not – your faith?

John: It has made me more deeply appreciate Melanie’s faith and her family’s investment in it, because I know that we will raise our children in this faith, so now I feel that it is a little less mysterious to me and an aspect of our lives together that I can embrace.
Melanie: This course has helped reignite my faith in that it reminded me why I wanted to be married in the Catholic Church, and why it is so important for me to raise our future children in the faith I was brought up in.

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Christine Meert

I was born and raised in Burgundy, France. Good wine and good food reign, but the the region is also deeply rooted in Christianity. The number of beautiful roman churches and chapels is amazing. I am number four of five kids: three girls and two boys. I was raised in a practicing Catholic family. I married Christian in 1977 in Burgundy in an 11th century church. We have five beautiful daughters. Two of them still live in France and three are in the US with us. Our two eldest daughters are married, one in Denver, one in France, and each have five children so far. Our third daughter is currently expecting her first baby. After fifteen years in the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, we dedicated ourselves to the ministry towards the engaged. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. We became American citizens in 2010 and now have dual citizenship: French and American. I love to take pictures and to scrapbook, I love drawing and crafts (salt-dough is my best!), hiking and gardening. I am the computer geek for our organization.

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