Living the Gift: Marriage and Marital Love

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Living the Gift: Marriage and Marital Love

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Living the Gift: Church Teaching on Love, Sex and Marriage

St. Anthony Parish Adult Formation Series, 2019-2020

This series of presentations will help you understand and appreciate the Catholic Church’s beautiful teachings on love, sex, and marriage. In addition to showing how natural law, social science, and personal stories can help us better understand those teachings, the series will address confusions about marriage and sexuality in our culture today. The reading list was designed for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by CanaVox, an international, ecumenical marriage movement supported by the Witherspoon Institute. There are short readings and/or videos available below. Participants will get more out of the seminar if they read/watch this material in advance of the meeting. The series will be led by Nathan and Elizabeth Schlueter. Nathan is a professor of philosophy and religion at Hillsdale College and Elizabeth is the Michigan state director for CanaVox. They have been married for 22 years and have nine children. All are welcome, Catholic or non-Catholic. We will meet at 8:00 p.m. in the parish hall.

October 1: Marriage and Marital Love

Main Readings/Videos:

Jason Evert for Ascension Press, What is Marriage? (7-min video)

Christopher West, “A Basic Theology of Marriage”


This session offers a sampling of resources available within the Church on the meaning of marital love. During Vatican II and through the Pontificates of Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, the Church developed a new language for the interpersonal and intimate love a man and a woman share in marriage. This language is a gift for our time. In our study group, we explore this meaning of marriage as “the merging of the human and the divine,” a union which fulfills the human yearning for love that is “free, total, faithful and fruitful.”

For Further Study:

Judith S, “Mexican Marriage Heroes”

Bishop Robert Barron, On Marriage and Relationships (6-min video)

CanaVox, “Handout on the Meaning of Marriage” (3-page summary; can be distributed as a handout during reading group)

Marriage, Making Sense of Marriage (9-min video)

Ryan Anderson for Focus, What is Marriage? (21-min video)

Ryan Anderson, “Marriage Matters, and Redefining It has Social Costs.”


October 1, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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St. Anthony Catholic Church
11 N Broad St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242, MI 49242 United States
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123, New Lenox, Chicago IL 60606

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8:00am, 9:15am, 11:00am

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