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For the very first time, the Vatican hosted a Valentine's Day celebration in honor of "The Joy of Yes Forever."
This event was hosted for thousands of heterosexual couples enrolled in
"Catholic marriage preparation courses." These engaged couples came from 25 different countries. They were each gifted with "white silk cushions" (for future ring bearing) that displayed the pope's Latin
There was singing, dancing, storytelling and general merriment before the pope himself arrived. Francis then offered these words of marital wisdom: Living together is an art, a patient, beautiful and fascinating journey… Don't build your house on the sand of sentiments that
come and go, but on the rock of real love.
This event is one more example of Pope Francis' leadership style. Rather than harangue the crowd about what is forbidden, he instead focuses upon the joys that are currently sanctioned within his tradition.
Copyright February 16, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved