Summer 2014

God’s Gift of Life and Love: On Marriage and the Eucharist

Pope John Paul II Karol Wojtyła

“[L]ive at the heart of the sacrament of the Covenant, your marriage nourished by the Eucharist and the Eucharist illumined by your sacrament of marriage; the future of the world depends on it.”

Dear brothers and sisters,

You have chosen as a light to illumine your pilgrimage to Rome the Lord’s word: “If you knew the gift of God.”

You were inspired in making this choice. This pressing and joyous question traverses the entire Bible and reaches us all: “If you knew the gift of God!” If you knew, you who seek to drink, who are motivated by an earthly thirst, if you knew the inexhaustible source! It is near to you, but will you be able to recognize it?

This question concerns you too, Christian spouses. You know it well, you who keep and develop the task of returning to the source of your love and your grace under the patronage of Our Lady, Mother of fairest love.


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* This originally appears in a slightly longer form as “Address to the Members of the Teams of Our Lady Movement” (23 September 1982). Reprinted and translated with permission.