Marriage has been one of the most talked about topics in the news over the past decade. Despite all the interest surrounding the institution of marriage, the numbers of people actually getting married has dwindled. In this episode Bishop Barron explores the beauty and goodness of married life by discussing the spirituality that undergirds this timeless institution. The listener question wonders what will happen to marriages in heaven.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  – Introduction and the Vogt’s visit to Santa Barbara
  • 2:00 – Why has the number of people getting married declined?
  • 6:30 – What is the number one priority in being a husband or wife?
  • 8:40 – What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
  • 10:07 – What is the key to a healthy marriage?
  • 16:00 – How can a celibate priest be an authority on marriage?
  • 19:50 – Why does the Catholic Church demand an openness to children within a marriage?
  • 22:20 – Advice from Bishop Barron for people who aren’t sure if they ever want to get married
  • 23:40 – Advice from Bishop Barron for those who aspire for marriage
  • 25:30 – Advice from Bishop Barron for those discerning marriage within their current relationship
  • 26:27 – Advice from Bishop Barron for those who are struggling through a difficult marriage or a divorce
  • 27:20 – Question from listener: Will I be with my wife as husband and wife in heaven?

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4 comments on “WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage

  1. Christine Jun 12, 2017

    Love the show. Thank you!

  2. Christine Jun 12, 2017

    Love the show. Thank you! You made me tear up talking about the sanctity of motherhood. It’s summertime and I am home with 6 kids. Each days is full of love, and messes and exhaustion. But you are right, it’s been the laying down of my own little daily desires that has created a magnificent life. We are truly blessed beyond belief. We never intended to have 6 kids. We just lived the ego-drama long enough and saw its results that we, thankfully, felt a tug to lean into the Theo-drama as Bishop Barron says. Wow!!! What a LIFE!! I tell everyone God can dream a bigger dream for our life that you ever could. It’s been true for us as a married couple and I pray our kids find the same fulfillment, whichever path God has ready, (God willing they stay on that path;) Love, love, love, your shows. Keep up the good work. You’re the intellectual highlight of my day:) High Five from Kansas City!
    PS I got to meet Bishop Barron when he visited recently. My husband and I left the dinner after meeting him and driving home I was in aweof how much God takes care of us. After devoting Lent to his videos – I was kinda a Bishop Barron groupie. Like you said today I tell everyone to refer back to his videos. I have many friends through work and an online community that are very secular/atheist in their thought process.. The Spaghetti Monster God that Bishop Barron talks about with atheist is real to them and he is quoting verbatim language I tried to argue against. I was so appreciative to find that he knew their world as I did and knew how to make progress in that arena as I had been trying to do. Anyway, getting to meet him is something I will always cherish and I just love that he’s teaching me to bring more souls to God with his insights.

  3. Paula Jul 26, 2017

    Great interview! I was also very touched by what you had to say about becoming a parent. I am a young mother of a little girl under one and 5 months pregnant with my second. It has been a very beautiful but also difficult year. I used to be very engaged and active in the Church and now its been hard to even find the time to pray and while we always attend Sunday Mass with my husband its so hard to really concentrate and pray with a baby. I realise that they are SO many families who are in this position. I wonder if at some point you could do an episode on being a Catholic parent, and especially with some advice about how to integrate prayer into your daily reality. Its not just the problem of business and not having time to yourself -although it is that too- but how should your prayer life and relationship with God change after you become a mother or father?
    Thank you and God bless!

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