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Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage: A 33‐Day Self‐Guided Retreat for Catholic Couples

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Contents
The First Three Days: Preparation for Your Retreat
Day 1: Your Marriage Matters ……………………………………………………………..3
Day 2: You May Kiss the Cross…………………………………………………………….9
Day 3: “Behold, I Make All Things New” (Rv 21:5) …………………………….15
Week 1: The Mission and the Call
Day 4: The Mission of Marriage and Family Life ………………………………..23
Day 5: What Is God’s Will for My Life? ………………………………………………27
Day 6: What Is Holiness Anyway? ……………………………………………………..33
Day 7: How Is Perfect Love Forged?…………………………………………………..39
Day 8: Follow Me……………………………………………………………………………….45
Day 9: True Freedom, Authentic Love, and Lasting Joy……………………..49
Day 10: Yoked Together ……………………………………………………………………..55
Week 2: The First Secret: Conjugal Chastity
Day 11: What Is Chastity?………………………………………………………………….61
Day 12: Jesus the Chaste …………………………………………………………………….67
Day 13: Jesus Calls Us to Be Chaste ……………………………………………………71
Day 14: Conjugal Chastity (Day 1) …………………………………………………….75
Day 15: Conjugal Chastity (Day 2) …………………………………………………….81
Day 16: Habits Promoting Conjugal Chastity …………………………………….89
Day 17: Fostering Chastity in Our Children ………………………………………95
Week 3: The Second Secret: Conjugal Poverty
Day 18: Jesus the Poor …………………………………………………………………….105
Day 19: Jesus Calls Us to Be Poor (Day 1) ……………………………………….111
Day 20: Jesus Calls Us to Be Poor (Day 2) ……………………………………….117
Day 21: Conjugal Poverty ………………………………………………………………..121
Day 22: Poverty as a Disposition of Trust………………………………………..127
Day 23: Poverty as a Disposition of Gift …………………………………………..133
Day 24: Fostering Poverty in Our Children ……………………………………..137
Week 4: The Third Secret: Conjugal Obedience
Day 25: What Is Obedience? ……………………………………………………………145
Day 26: Jesus the Obedient ……………………………………………………………..151
Day 27: Jesus Calls Us to Be Obedient …………………………………………….157
Day 28: Obedience to God the Father ……………………………………………..163
Day 29: Obedience between Spouses………………………………………………171
Day 30: Listening to Love Languages ………………………………………………177
Day 31: Fostering Obedience in Our Children ………………………………..185
The Final Two Days: Preparing for Consecration
Day 32: Finding Perfect Love in Marriage ……………………………………….191
Day 33: Consecration Day—A Marriage Set Apart for Jesus ……………195
Appendix A: Natural Family Planning…………………………………………….199
Appendix B: Creating a Family Mission Statement ………………………….201
Appendix C: A Deeper Look at Consecrated Living ………………………..205
Notes………………………………………………………………………………………………209
Works Consulted…………………………………………………………………………….213

Dan DeMatte, former star of the A&E reality series God or the Girl, and his wife, Amber, unlock the keys to marital happiness and saintly holiness by guiding you on a thirty-three-day, at-home study for couples that will not only strengthen your marriage but also reenergize your relationship with God and improve your entire family’s walk with Jesus. The retreat will help you incorporate the virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience into your marriage so you can become the spouse, parent, and Catholic you’ve always wanted to be.

The ultimate goal for the Christian life is heaven, but what path should a couple take to get there?

The DeMattes, who have worked together in youth and family ministry for more than fifteen years, believe it’s holiness—living as Jesus did.

Giving and receiving love and living for the sake of others—especially your spouse and children—will help you achieve holiness, the DeMattes say. You can even find holiness in the everyday tasks of marriage and family life such as doing the dishes, changing diapers, and cleaning up messes.

In The Three Secrets to Holiness in Marriage, the DeMattes walk you through a thirty-three -day retreat that culminates in consecrating your marriage to Christ. They will help you achieve perfect love for each other, your family, and God by incorporating the virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience into your life. This retreat will help you fall deeper in love with Christ, your spouse and children, and the world God calls you to serve.

Each chapter includes discussion questions and a prayer for couples.

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Paperback

Production/Publication Date

2018

Pages

224