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Sacred Bond of Marriage - Family Reflection Video

Sacred Bond of Marriage - Family Reflection Video

Why pray?  |  Celebrating family life


Today, let us reflect on the sacred bond of marriage and its significance within our families. The Book of Tobit provides timeless wisdom about this bond and its relevance today.

 In the story of Tobiah and Sarah, we see a beautiful example of a marriage proposal and union according to the customs of Israel. It emphasizes the importance of shared values, family support, and the recognition that a successful marriage goes beyond physical attraction and romantic emotions
Tobiah seeks permission from Raguel, Sarah's father, to marry her. Raguel acknowledges Tobiah as the most deserving suitor and declares that their marriage has been decided in heaven. After signing the marriage contract, Tobiah and Sarah retire to their room. But before they sleep, they rise and pray together, seeking God's mercy and deliverance. They offer praises to God, expressing their gratitude and praying for a blessed and lasting union. 


Sacred Bond of Marriage Wedding Bands on a Bible forming a Heart
The example of Tobiah and Sarah reminds us that marriage is a sacred covenant, a commitment made before God and the community. While the specific rituals may have changed over time, the essence remains the same — the coming together of two individuals in love and faith, dedicated to supporting and nurturing each other. 
As families and communities of faith, let us impart this wisdom to our children. Let us teach them that their future partners should share their faith, values, and goals. Let us encourage them to pray with their partners and seek God's guidance in their relationships. By setting an example and praying together with our spouses and children, we can cultivate a culture of prayer and strengthen the sacred bond of marriage within our families. 
May we always remember the story of Tobiah and Sarah, their devotion to God and each other, and the power of prayer in their lives. As we navigate the joys and challenges of married life, may we continually seek God's mercy and blessings, and may our marriages be filled with love, understanding, and happiness. I pray that you may be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings. 

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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 18 countries.