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Mentors are key in program to get civilly married couples back to Church Catholic World Report

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Feb 10, 2019 6:45 PM 5+ day ago

Lafayette, La., Feb 10, 2019 / 04:45 pm (CNA).- When Mary Rose Verret first welcomed Douglas and Elizabeth into her home, Douglas boots squished with the sewage he worked with, and Elizabeth smelled of french fries from her fast food job. Douglas was also just a few years of out jail. Burnt out after years of ministry, Mary Rose didn t think she would have anything in common with this couple, whom her pastor had asked Mary Rose and her husband, Ryan, to mentor through a process to convalidate their marriage in the Church. It was a difficult, complex situation that on paper didn t look like it was going to go well, Mary Rose recalled. Often, she saw couples like Douglas and Elizabeth disappear from the Church as soon as their marriage was blessed. But when Douglas opened up about how he found Jesus in prison, and about their desire for a sacramental marriage in the Church, Mary Rose was humbled. On my end, working with this couple, I thought I was going to teach and I was going to form, and Ryan and I thought we were going to give everything to them, she told CNA. But when we started listening to them and the husband s experience of getting to know Jesus at a bible study while he was in jail, and the relationship he had with Jesus, and how he wanted to make things right with God, and how he wanted to have a marriage in the Church and he wanted Jesus to be part of their marriage, it was very humbling and it really changed the way Ryan and I lived our ministry and lived our faith and lived our marriage, she said. The Verrets founded marriage prep renewal ministry, several years ago with the intent to give Read more.

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