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How long is lifelong?

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By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

Pope Francis recently nailed it when he said the “great majority” of Catholic marriages are invalid because spouses don’t truly comprehend the nature of the lifelong commitment they make. And because Francis is correct he’s now forced to endure the snarky criticism of those who prefer legalisms to truth – a truth that also applies to other Christians. Barna Group reported a few years ago that divorce among evangelicals is slightly higher than the national average. Couples marrying in Christian venues say the words “til death do us part” because that’s the way the script reads. I say venues, not churches, because many couples care more about the externals – stained-glass windows and flowers – than the internals. Couples that don’t “get” the word lifelong are actually guilty of not comprehending a much deeper word – love.

All God’s blessings – Mark

Mark Azzara

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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