PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE (girl)

I). Preparation of self

BLESSED BE YOUR PURITY 

Blessed be your purity

May it be blessed forever

For no less than God takes delight,

In such exalted beauty

To you, heavenly princess

Holy Virgin Mary; I offer on this day my whole heart, life and soul

Look upon me with compassion

Do not leave me, my Mother.

 CONSECRATION                       

Mary, my Queen, my Mother

I consecrate to you my eyes, my ears, my mouth and my entire self.

O Mother because I am your own

Keep me and defend me as your own property and possession. Amen.

 

Lord our God, you are the one Lord. May we love you with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength. And may we love our neighbor as you have loved us.

 

II). Preparing him

St. Joseph, my father and lord, please send me the boy destined for me from all eternity. May he be good and pure, handsome and rich[1]. May I not take him and him me out of any lustful motive but in singleness of heart. Prepare him then good Father and fashion him after your own heart.

May we have many God-fearing, intelligent, gifted, beautiful and handsome children who will be like brothers and sisters to us.

Pray for us to God so that He may be kind enough to have pity on him and me and bring us to old age together[2].

Let the Archangel Raphael take this prayer to you.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

St. Raphael, pray for us.

II). Loving God’s Will – Detachment

‘Lord, I want a husband only if it pleases you, because, if not, I am not the slightest bit interested!’ [3]

 

[1] cf. St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, 360

[2] cf. Tb 8:7 (RSVCE)

[3] cf. St. Josemaría Escrivá, Friends of God, 114 (Quoted in In  CONVERSATIONS with God by Francis Fernandez 2/16.3, Scepter)

Faith & Science

Faith & Science

  1. I am religious and I also find science very exciting. Is there a conflict between science and religion?
    According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS):

Science is a particular way of knowing about the world. In science, explanations are limited to those based on observations and experiments that can be substantiated by other scientists.

Progress in science consists of the development of better explanations for the causes of natural phenomena. Scientists never can be sure that a given explanation is complete and final. Some of the hypotheses advanced by scientists turn out to be incorrect when tested by further observations or experiments. Yet, many scientific explanations have been so thoroughly tested and confirmed that they are held with great confidence.

Truth in science, however, is never final, and what is accepted as a fact today may be modified or even discarded tomorrow. Science has been greatly successful at explaining natural processes, and this has led not only to increased understanding of the universe but also to major improvements in technology and public health and welfare.

The National Academy of Sciences also says:

Science is not the only way of acquiring knowledge about ourselves and the world around us. Humans gain understanding in many other ways, such as through literature, the arts, philosophical reflection, and religious experience. Scientific knowledge may enrich aesthetic and moral perceptions, but these subjects extend beyond science’s realm, which is to obtain a better understanding of the natural world.

Scientists, like many others, are touched with awe at the order and complexity of nature. Indeed, many scientists are deeply religious. But science and religion occupy two separate realms of human experience. Demanding that they be combined detracts from the glory of each.

Many religious persons, including many scientists, hold that God created the universe and the various processes driving physical and biological evolution and that these processes then resulted in the creation of galaxies, our solar system, and life on Earth. This belief, which sometimes is termed ‘theistic evolution,’ is not in disagreement with scientific explanations of evolution. Indeed, it reflects the remarkable and inspiring character of the physical universe revealed by cosmology, paleontology, molecular biology, and many other scientific disciplines.

Quotes from: 1999 report “Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, Second Edition” which is available online from the National Academy Press.

PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE (boy)

I). Preparation of self (boy)

BLESSED BE YOUR PURITY 

Blessed be your purity

May it be blessed forever

For no less than God takes delight,

In such exalted beauty

To you, heavenly princess

Holy Virgin Mary; I offer on this day my whole heart, life and soul

Look upon me with compassion

Do not leave me, my Mother.

CONSECRATION                       

 Mary, my Queen, my Mother

I consecrate to you my eyes, my ears, my mouth and my entire self.

O Mother because I am your own

Keep me and defend me as your own property and possession. Amen.

 

Lord our God, you are the one Lord. May we love you with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength. And may we love our neighbor as you have loved us.

 

II). Preparing her

Mother, please send me the girl destined for me from all eternity; a girl who loves God above all things. May she be good and pure, beautiful and rich[1]. May I not take her out of any lustful motive but in singleness of heart. Prepare her then good Mother and fashion her after your own heart. May she give me many God-fearing, intelligent, gifted, beautiful and handsome children who will be like brothers and sisters to us.

Pray for us to God so that He may be kind enough to have pity on her and me and bring us to old age together[2].

Let the Archangel Raphael take this prayer to you.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

St. Raphael, pray for us.

II). Loving God’s Will – Detachment

‘Lord, I want a wife only if it pleases you, because, if not, I am not the slightest bit interested!’[3]

 

[1] cf. St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, 360

[2] cf. Tb 8:7 (RSVCE)

[3] cf. St. Josemaría Escrivá, Friends of God, 114 (Quoted in In  CONVERSATIONS with God by Francis Fernandez 2/16.3, Scepter)