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Question: Are you saying that the way we find God is primarily through our spouses? If so, what about people who are not married?
Answer: I don’t want to give the impression in any of the materials that I am saying the only avenue or even the best avenue to growing in our knowledge of God is through having a spouse and being in a good relationship with them. There are definitely many ways that we can and should grow in our relationship with Him (i.e. through prayer, through service to others, through scripture, through church teachings, etc.). I believe, however that God reveals Himself through others and gives us opportunities to serve and love Him through serving and loving others: Matt. 25: 40 – And the King will say to them in reply, “Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” I also know that God gave us the Sacraments as a gift for the strengthening of our relationship with Him through the avenue of grace that flows through the Sacraments; marriage being one of the seven. I never want to give the impression that I am suggesting that unless you are married, you can’t discover this Deepest Desire, because it is still what we long for, and God will guide individuals to this if they ask for it and seek it out. Also, the priesthood and religious life are included in this through their “marriage” to Christ here on earth. They also, are called to strengthen their relationship with Him through their prayer and treatment of others in their parish life and community life. They also have the graces that flow from the Sacrament of Holy Orders that they can tap into for discovering this deepest desire. Since I am talking about marriage in this curriculum, I am focused more on the importance of how we can work towards this deepest desire though the gift of our marriage.
Question: The questions in the instructor’s manual that are listed in red, do the couples ever go off and discuss them privately, or are all of the discussion questions for the large group?
Answer: You can do either way depending on the time you have. I like to ask the questions to the whole class so that there is a sharing of ideas and it takes less time. But it is conceivable that you can do any of the questions and just have the couples answer them privately on their own.