Advice for husbands to say to wives

We are in the final days before our son’s wedding. The first wedding of our children.   The snow is coming down so it feels like a Hernon wedding (backstory). Your prayers for this joyous occasion are greatly appreciated.

For my son Patrick and for all husbands I would like to share some great advice from a doctor of the Church, St. John Chrysostom. He has many great insights and encouragement to marriage and family life. Share this with a husband you know.

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2365:

Fidelity expresses constancy in keeping one’s given word. God is faithful. The Sacrament of Matrimony enables man and woman to enter into Christ’s fidelity for his Church. Through conjugal chastity, they bear witness to this mystery before the world.

St. John Chrysostom suggests that young husbands should say to their wives: I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us. . . . I place your love above all things, and nothing would be more bitter or painful to me than to be of a different mind than you.

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