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What is Marriage Retorno?
Marriage Retorno means turning
toward God as a couple. The goal of Marriage Retorno is to provide an atmosphere,
a context, in which the couple can open themselves both as individuals and as a
couple to a dialogue with God through Scripture. It is a weekend prayer
experience for husband and wife, facilitated by a married couple and a Catholic
priest. It provides participating couples with an opportunity for a renewal of
their relationship as a couple with God.
Who is it for?
Marriage Retorno is an experience
intended for every married couple who wishes to deepen a sense of communion
with one another and the Lord. Marriage Retorno assumes that the husband and
wife desire a deeper communion with one another and are hungry to deepen their
relationship with the Lord as a couple.
Marriage Retorno also serves to
renew the prayer life of priests and religious.
What Marriage Retorno is not:
The weekend is not a "prayer
group" experience, a Scripture study course or marriage encounter type
weekend experience. Marriage Retorno does not encourage any particular
apostolic endeavor nor is there any structured follow-up. Rather, it is a
deepening of a couple's prayer and spirituality, designed specifically for a
What happens on a Marriage Retorno?
The weekend consists of four basic
moments: a period of reconciliation as husband and wife; then three phases in
which God is encountered through Scripture as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This is a period of writing and
sharing between husband and wife about their marriage, the level of trust and
openness in their relationship, and the barriers to deeper union with each
Three Phases of Listening
Through Scriptures and
Opening the Heart to God's Word:
Each phase offers the couple time
for individual reflection, writing and sharing while listening as God speaks
through Scripture. There is time for:
* prayer alone,
* prayer as a couple,
* and group sharing.
The phases deal with finding the
will of the Father, following the example of the Son, and becoming witnesses of
God's love and unity through the Holy Spirit.