Married Couples can “open” a special gift on Sept. 24-26, 2010
By Ray & Beth Ginepro
What would you think if we told you we received a gift 25 years ago on our wedding day, but hadn’t opened yet? Many of you have a gift just like this, but may not realize it. The gift represents the many graces of the sacrament of matrimony that Jesus is willing to give us. The catch is, we have to be willing to open ourselves and our relationship to this gift. This is what the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is all about; opening and discovering the many gifts of our relationship.
In our marriages, the first gift we have to offer each other is a weekend to just be by ourselves. When was the last time just the two of you got away for a weekend? A weekend without the interruptions of kids, the telephone, TV and all the other responsibilities of daily life? A weekend for just the two of you to spend time together? This is one of the gifts of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The second gift is improved communication. On the weekend we learned a new method of communication. This communication technique helped us get back in touch with the couple we were when we were first married. We have grown in our understanding, love, and respect for each other. When we went on our WWME weekend, we learned to communicate better than we had in our previous 11 years of Marriage.
The third gift is a more open and loving relationship. We have found that this gift also extends to our friends and family and parish life. We are much more loving and compassionate in our day to day interactions. We are learning to listen better to one another and this has carried over into all other aspects of our lives. When we really take the time to listen with our hearts, we open ourselves to new possibilities…for our relationship…for our family…for serving God and others in our everyday lives.
An attitude of openness has given us opportunities to teach religious education to the youth of the parish, serve as EME’s or lector at mass and support friends and family during difficult times in prayerful and practical ways. In the same light, our attitude of openness has taught us to accept the love and care offered by others when we are going through tough times….and the good times are twice as happy when we can share then together. What a joy to know we are not alone!
Another gift of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is rediscovering how special you are as a couple. On our Weekend, we began to see that instead of being ordinary, we have a very special love. We had some reservations about going on the weekend, because we weren’t sure what we were getting into. Ray and I are private people and we didn’t want to have to share our personal experiences with anyone. We can honestly say that there were no group sharings. The weekend was a private experience between the two of us.
Perhaps you think like we did before our weekend. Our marriage is good. Why does it need to be better? We’d have to say; You don’t necessarily need it, but you deserve it! Simply put, even beautiful stones shine with new radiance when polished. You may be amazed at what you discover! For us, the weekend brought us closer together than we had ever imagined. Whether you have been married one year or fifty, a Worldwide Marriage Encounter can rekindle that “just married” feeling. We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, and because of the journey we began on our WWME weekend 14 years ago, we are happier today than when we were newlyweds! Imagine what a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can do for you!
This September we’d like to invite you to attend a weekend of discovery for just the two of you, right here in beautiful western Massachusetts. The September 24-26, 2010 WWME weekend will be held at the Days Inn on Memorial Drive in Chicopee, MA. It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss! Call 1-800-710-WWME or log onto www.wwmeMA.org.