On November 10, 2021, we invited God to whisper in our ears. That was when we participated in an evening of prayer led by Joe and Catherine Amato who described how they had seen God’s hand and heard God’s voice guiding them on their journey, their marriage. They described how God had been with them in good times and in bad and continues to join them as they live out their commitment to each other.
As we listened to Joe and Catherine, we were able to recognize where God had been present in our own journey. We realized that God was with us through times of joy, pain, guilt, confusion and doubt. He was always there whispering in our ears, leading us forward.
- Sometimes we listened and heard His voice.
- Sometimes we heard nothing.
- Sometimes it was just a gentle whisper.
- Sometimes we took it on our own and didn’t listen.
- Sometimes God’s voice was so loud that we couldn’t ignore Him. It was inescapable.
We realized our own prayers were being answered.
We applaud Joe and Catherine for overcoming the limitations of a ZOOM call and creating an environment that allowed the participants to be reflective, open and honest in the private conversations we had about our own marriages while we reflected on St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13.
Love is patient and kind, it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not rude or selfish nor does it take offense…Love never gives up and its faith, hope and patience never fail.
We find that participating in these married couples events, whether on ZOOM or in person, helps us to stop and listen, knowing that God is always with us. We invite you to ponder the questions Joe and Catherine asked the couples to discuss. “Where do you need to be more patient, more kind, more understanding and more forgiving with yourself, your spouse or with others.” God Bless us all.