Monday, February 15, 2016

What's the Point of World Marriage Day?

When Elizabeth Scalia, editor-in-chief of Aleteia, asked me to write an article on World Marriage Day, I crowd-sourced my mommy blogger friends and got great ideas about how they and their husbands were planning to celebrate. More importantly, I learned what sacramental marriage means to them and how deeply committed they are to it. I am so proud to know them!

Cynics already mock Valentine’s Day as a marketing-driven campaign that generated $18.9 billion last year. Why do we need spin-off events like World Marriage Day ...? Think of it as an effort to reclaim the culture for Christ. 
In our sex-saturated culture, it’s essential to proclaim that romantic love is not the pinnacle of human happiness. As the schoolchildren’s rhyme goes, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.” Romance leads to marriage, and marriage leads to families that are domestic churches forming souls for Christ. World Marriage Day redirects us to that truth.

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