What it means to discover love with clarity
August 8, 2017
Every individual on this planet is facing one crucial need in their lives. Whether they know it or not, it is the need for love. But our greatest frustration about love is our complete inability to keep it. It is like sand that slips between our fingers; the harder we grasp it, then the faster it seems to fall away.
The “Discovering Love with Clarity” series is an exploration and discernment activity designed for singles, dating and engaged couples to be taken on a journey of deep examination about who, how and what is their call to love.
Often we mistakenly think that looking for love means answering Facebook friendship requests, going to singles haunts, or being drowned in e-dating life (no prejudice about them), but our search for true love goes beyond that. Getting grounded in love is the foundation for a lasting and healthy relationship.
The fact that marriage entails the convergence of the callings of two people compounds the discernment process. Discernment is not about choosing from the available options, it is about a discovery. The purpose of discernment is to discover God’s will, that is, to find, accept and affirm the unique way in which God’s plan is made manifest in our lives.
With the risk for divorce in the United States hovering around 40 to 50 percent, it’s startling that so few people take marriage preparation seriously. Far too many couples are ill-prepared for matrimony. Most people who respond to their call to married life are not spiritually and emotionally ready.
What do I mean? To be spiritually ready to fall in love, I have to get matured in the act of surrender, while emotionally I have to acquire the basic relationship skills such as self-awareness, kindness, caring and communication.
When these basic readiness are missing, it is important that we dedicate a good amount of time getting to know ourselves in order to discover our spouses.
This series will prepare and equip you spiritually and emotionally, and eventually will open the door for the meaningful love and relationship that your heart longs for. Register today and become part of this great adventure that set your heart on fire.
The six-series package costs $5 and will be held at St. Dominic Chancery, St. Ignatius Loyola in Spring and St. Laurence in Sugar Land.
Register at www.archgh.org/yacm or call the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry for more information at 713-741-8778.
Kingsley Nwoko is a scholar on Conflict Resolution in Marriage Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.
DISCOVERING LOVE WITH CLARITY SERIES
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
7 to 9 p.m.
St. Laurence Catholic Church - Sugar Land
Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, 2018, Feb. 21, 2018, and March 21, 2018
St. Dominic Chancery - Houston
Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Jan 22, 2018, Feb. 26, 2018, and March 26, 2018
St. Ignatius Catholic Church - Spring
Sept. 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Jan. 25, 2018, Feb. 22, 2018, and March 22, 2018