Thoughts on marriage:
264. Today, a culture of the ephemeral dominates, but it is an illusion. To think that nothing can be definitive is a deceptive lie. “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the present moment. They say that it is not worth making a lifelong commitment, making a definitive decision…
In my campus ministry experience, I definitely recall a certain hesitancy about making a commitment and keeping it. One reason: there are so many options. A second: noticing what happens when the choice for marriage fails, and people wanting surety beyond what the experience or even the beloved can offer.
Pope Francis suggests a plunge into the waters:
I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, incapable of true love”.[Meeting with Volunteers, XXVIII World Youth Day in Río de Janeiro (28 July 2013): Insegnamenti 1, 2 (2013), 125] I have great confidence in you, and for this very reason, I urge you to opt for marriage.
I think it’s possible to work through difficulties and maintain a marriage in the face of significant trials. In nearly twenty-four years, my wife and I have weathered obstacles that have broken marriages of other people we knew. For us, it was a question of commitment and grace by faith.
If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana