Today is the feast day of St. Monica of Hippo – she was the mother of St. Augustine.  She was known for her resilience and her perseverance. She is the Patron Saint of wives and patience.  Now that today is her feast day is appropriate as it is our Anniversary. Perhaps Catherinanne will offer a prayer to St. Monica for patience to deal with me day in and day out.  Bill Cosby said that, “For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.

Eleven years ago today Catherinanne and I were married at St. Peter’s Cathedral in London. It was a culmination and a beginning. A culmination of having brought together the dreams of the months and years previous to a moment of commitment hand sheer happiness. It was the beginning of a lifelong journey that assures me friendship, love, tenderness, intimacy, nurture, and comfort. Catherinanne has been so much to me and today I say thank you and Happy Anniversary.

One of my favorite poets is Robert Frost. He wrote, “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired” Thirteen years ago I met Catherinanne and we both had that “irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” I am so thankful that I met her when I did and so grateful that she desired me and that she said “Yes!” Love is certainly a choice – Thank you for choosing to love me even when it is not easy.

Marriage is a great gift and a means of God’s good grace. Today we give thanks to God for each other and for the gift of our marriage. We pray that God will continue to guide us in our marriage to be better partners for each other.

Remember this Song Catherinanne????

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