MARILAO, Bulacan, May 8, 2016 — While couples from the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MEFP) believe no relationship is all sunshine, two people can share an umbrella and survive the storm together, especially when God is at the center of their union and the couple know how to communicate effectively.
“We’ve all been called to adopt conscious and God-centered communication in our marriages. Let’s step forward in humility and faith as we prepare ourselves to witness how He transforms us and our union,” shared Boyet and Nellie Pascual, couple shepherd (M.E. Batch 14) to CBCP News in an interview.
“Spouses should learn how to express themselves in different ways: telling each other that they care, giving gifts and surprises, and even engaging in physical expressions of affection like hugs, kisses, and touch,” they added.
The MEFP leaders stressed how affection is an important aspect of every relationship, expressed through verbal or physical intimacy that demonstrates the couples’ positive feelings towards one another.
Couple Jim and Mel Miralles of M.E. Batch 3 also shared how “keeping the lines of communication open” has helped them during 26 years of marriage.
“Communication is very essential in our marriage as it has made us more than just husband and wife,” they said in an interview. “We see to it that we communicate not only in words but most importantly, in actions – showing love and appreciation as often as we could.”
“The M.E. community has amazingly changed our marriage and family life in many ways. We are indeed blessed as we’ve also become a blessing and an inspiration to other couples,” they added.
Community of life, love
“Marriage is a lifetime commitment and an exclusive partnership. It is an intimate community of life and love, established and endowed by God,” explained Nuestra Señora de Lourdes parish priest and Diocese of Malolos, Indigenous People Apostolate director, Fr. Nap Baltazar during his talk at the Marriage Encounter Weekend seminar.
“All husbands and wives must understand the power of prayer in their union, especially when they begin to raise a family of their own. Praying together is the best way to preserve relationships and unite families,” the prelate added.
In its efforts to strengthen marriages and support families, the Marriage Encounter Prayer Community of the Parish of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy will hold its annual Marriage Encounter Weekend Seminar (Class No. 15) on May 27 to 29, 2016 at Betania Retreat House in Baguio City. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)