Synod hears experiences of two married couples
October 08, 2015
The Vatican has released summaries of two presentations to the Synod of Bishops by married couples, both employed by bishops' conferences.
On October 5, the first day of Synod discussions, the bishops heard from Gertrudiz Clara Rubio de Galindo and Andres Salvador Galindo, who work with the commission for the family of CELAM, the Latin American bishops’ conference. The couple, married for 45 years, recalled that the early years of their union had been difficult, but they enriched their lives by participating in Marriage Encounter. They subsequently decided to work with the bishops, to strengthen other unions. They argued that “if marriage and the family are weakened, they need to be resuscitated through formation and teaching in terms of its identity and mission.”
The next day, Buysile Patronella Nkosi and Meshack Jabulani Nkosi, who work on family issues for the South African bishops’ conference, spoke about the importance of saying “I’m sorry” and emphasized that the main foundation of any family is love. “Young people then tend to be afraid to get married, and look at this commitment as a burden,” they reported. “Part of our calling is to encourage them to enter into the journey of holy matrimony looking at Christ as their new hope.”
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