In Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret's new book, Witness to Love:
How to Help the Next Generation Build Marriages that Survive
and Thrive (St. Benedict Press, 2015), they challenge the
reader to be part of the solution to the divorce culture that
The husband and wife team draws upon their involvement in
marriage preparation ministry in both the Arlington Diocese
and their current diocese of Lafayette, La. Their unique
marriage preparation program focuses on building a support
network between married and unmarried couples within church
communities. Through couple-to-couple mentoring, this program
can provide the essential support and accountability that
couples need before and after their trip down the aisle.
While the book primarily speaks to mentor couples, it also
has messages for engaged couples and single people who wish
to help cultivate a community of support within their
parishes. Couples receiving mentorship are asked to look at
the relationships of the couples around them and select two
people whose marriage they admire. The Verrets contend
that the program is strongest when the couples choose mentors
for themselves rather than having a couple assigned to them.
Many couples who are asked to be mentors doubt they have the
ability or time to assist in the program. Regardless of these
fears, married couples' participation in this program is
essential to revitalize the culture of love in a broken
Being a mentor can be challenging because it involves sharing
the beautiful and ugly parts of marriage. By challenging a
young couple to pray together and ask the tough questions
included in this book, couples are called to examine closely
their own relationship. Implemented correctly, this
preparation course has the potential to strengthen not only
the relationship of the engaged couple but also that of the
mentoring married couple.
This program makes the case as a viable and effective means
of combating rising divorce statistics. For young people who
hope to someday head to the altar, it shows that the
community of believers in a parish - married and engaged -
can work together to grow stronger in faith and love.
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