Six Dates for Catholic Couples
A Program for Couples
The topics of the six dates are:
DATE 1 - Friday, August 16, 2019: Introduction
DATE 2 - Friday, August 23, 2019: Prudence – The Habit of Making Wise Decisions
“Prudence is the knowledge of what to seek and what to avoid.” -St. Augustine. The video and the flyer introduce the Cardinal Virtues as those habits that every person needs in order to succeed in life. Prudence is the first of these virtues, and the program reminds us of the steps we need to take to make a prudent decision. The couples interviewed in the video share how they make prudent decisions, for example: when they use the Internet, when they drive a car, when they manage their money, or when they relate to friends and coworkers. The couples also share how their faith helps them choose right from wrong, and gives them the strength to do what is right.
DATE 3 - Friday, August 30, 2019: Justice – The Source of Harmony and Peace in our Homes
"The family is the first school of those social virtues that every society needs." -St. John Paul II. The video and the flyer turn to the Catechism in search of an answer to the question: What is justice? The program examines how justice is practiced in the family: between husband and wife, between parents and children, and between adult children and their parents. The couples interviewed in the video answer such questions as: What did you learn from your parents’ marriage? What do parents owe their children out of justice? And, out of justice, what do adult children owe their parents?
DATE 4 - Friday, September 6, 2019: Courage – The Strength to Live Our Vocation
Pope Francis tells couples today: "It takes courage to love one another as Christ loves the Church" (5-6-15). Jesus told his disciples: “Take courage...Do not be afraid.” (Mt 14:27) Fortitude is the virtue that gives us the strength to conquer fear and to persevere in the pursuit of what is right. The video and the flyer examine fortitude as the strength that helps us live our vocation as spouses and as parents. It takes courage to marry and to stay married, and it takes courage to be parents. The couples interviewed reflect on such questions as: what have been the moments in our marriage when we have needed courage the most? What are the times when we have been most afraid for our children, and we needed courage? And, how does our faith help us find the courage we need?
DATE 5 - Friday, September 13, 2019: Temperance – The Virtue of Self-Control and Moderation
"Do not let your passions be your guide but keep your desires in check" (Sirach 18:30). The video and the flyer invite us to reflect on the fact that we all have desires; desires are good, but indulging our desires without limits is harmful to us. Temperance is the virtue of self-control and moderation. The video tells the story of two couples who overcame addictions: one to alcohol, the other to pornography. The couples interviewed reflect on the virtue of chastity and what it means to them. They also explain how they teach their children and teens the virtue of chastity. At the end of the video the couples interviewed answer the question: where do I find the strength to resist temptations?
DATE 6 - Friday, September 27, 2019: Wrap Up