UCANews has interesting information from Asia, but it’s often interesting to see what stories they pick up from around the world. Like this feature on five ways people have stemmed marriage break-ups in the US. Interesting that all five of these initiatives employ couples to assist the engaged, the married, and those in troubled marriages. No priests. No theologians. No TotB.
I’ve long thought we should offer a point of congratulations that marriages today last twice as long as they did a century or two ago. Would a troubled marriage of, say, the early 19th century, have more likely to ended in death or divorce? Likely the former.
Peer ministry works in a lot of places in churches. I’ve long thought that putting marriage prep in the hands of lay people and releasing priests for spiritual direction and liturgical presidency is a more effective use of resources, wisdom, and experience.