On Friday we celebrated the feast of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, the first married couple to be canonized saints. Louis and Zelie had nine children. Four of their children died very young, and the remaining five daughters all entered the religious life. Louis & Zelie were themselves canonized in 2015, and are venerated for the great devotion and holiness they shared in their marriage.
And while examples like Sts. Louis and Zelie may seem superhuman, the reality is that marriage offers all faithful couples a particular superpower. Lisa Mladinich, a regular Relevant Radio® contributor, stopped by Morning Air® to talk about the power of marriage and how healthy marriages can save the world.
Lisa explained that because marriage is a sacrament, it offers an opportunity for husbands and wives to tap into the supernatural grace of God. And while it may not be as impressive as flying or super-strength, the supernatural grace that comes from the sacrament of marriage does allow couples to live a life that is super-powered.
“Our vocations have enormous power,” Lisa said. “And our vocations are a path of sanctification. And that means that God speaks to us in our vocations very powerfully. The sacrifices, the sufferings, and the joys of living into those vocations fully, with deep commitment to the person of Jesus Christ, whatever your vocation, that’s where the power is. That’s where the wisdom and the transformation can connect right into the Church and its sacramental life. And that just makes your life super-powered.”
But since married couples don’t wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound, it can be hard to see the times when they are putting their superpowers into practice. Lisa offered some examples of simple ways that husbands and wives can tap into the sacramental grace of their marriage and be an example of God’s love to the world.
Lisa asked, “How often do we see in Catholic Churches the husband and wife sitting close together? How often do we see them serving each other, reaching out to other families? Especially when there are divorces, where you see a single mom or a single dad struggling alone. Are we wrapping our arms around those people showing them and their children that we’re all one family?”
“We have to make sure that we are living out a supernatural awareness of who we are, our dignity, and that our vocations speak powerfully about how God has designed our individual souls to live and grow.”
Listen to the full conversation below: