In the past two+ weeks fifteen couples shared their “Love Stories” in this blog, leading us to this celebration of St. Valentine’s day and drawing us closer to the Source of their love. However, the beauty of a sacramental marriage continues – beyond the St. Valentine’s day, beyond Ash Wednesday, into the Lent, and all […]
March 1980, New York, both attend a day of prayer and recollection and are distracted. 😉 by each other’s presence.
My first impression of him was: stiff, serious guy that never smiles and knows nothing about the “real world”. He was not the kind of guy I wanted to hang out with.
We first met while playing frisbee on my college campus. Although Autumn doesn’t remember meeting me, I certainly remember her.
Although both French, born very near each other in Paris within one month, we met in New York City. Eva was a student and Bertrand was an intern. We were then 23 years old.
The love story below is far from the “happily ever after” promised in fairy tales and Disney movies. All the more so, then, does it testify to the grace that comes from the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
Marie and I met sometime in the fall of 1998 through the LifeTeen youth group at our parish in Austin, TX. Marie was born and raised in Texas while my family and I are from Milano, Italy.
Soon after Christmas, Tom invited me to go ice-skating on what seemed to be the most frigid day in Minnesota. This, of course, was the first of many dates that followed.
In early December of 2009, I received a message from an American man living abroad in Italy. My first thought? “Oh no! Not someone abroad!” I ignored the message and went about my business.
We were both 37 years old and realized we pretty much each knew what we wanted in life. We asked a married couple to help us ask each other the right questions in order to discern, to make up our minds and see if we wanted to get married together.
In 2011 Chris and Hannah were in their first year of law school. Both were focused their studies but also on staying near the Lord.
We met for the first time at the ages of 18 and 22 but it was only a few years later, through an Emmanuel Community Youth prayer group, that we started to get to know each other better.
In the summer of 2005, Amy was preparing for a World Youth Day pilgrimage in Cologne, Germany when Thomas first contacted her through AveMariaSingles
I left my family to go to study in another city in our country. I had several contenders at that time. I noticed Emeric at the daily Masses in parish, he attended before going to work.
Bérénice is from Grenoble in the French Alps (most beautiful mountains in the world 🙂 ) and Pierre-Eloi is from Versailles (yes, the castle near Paris).
It’s good to remember that the Emmanuel Community was born in France from an American seed. A nice beginning. Today French brothers and sisters who travel around the world always come back happily to Paray-le-Monial, where they sing and praise the Lord in French with those nice songs from the green songbook. Others stay in […]
February 14th is a day when love is celebrated by couples. We want to take this Valentine’s Day to honor “the icon of God’s love for us,” (Pope Francis) sacramental marriages! To display the beauty of a sacramental marriage, we are aiming to post at least 14 love stories from our married brothers and sisters […]
Dear Brothers and sisters of the Emmanuel Community of the USA, The head of the community in NY (who’s also one of our four team members of the Emmanuel School of Mission) asked me to write a few words about what I live in the ESM as a community member. Actually, I’m a baby community […]
During my time in the The ESM Rome (2015-2016), I discovered how true is the idiom “all roads lead to Rome.” You never know who you will come across on the Eternal City’s warmed pavements. This was the case the day before Pentecost when I met Marie-Catherine, a fellow Community sister from Lourdes, France. We […]
The Marian consecration: as members of the Emmanuel Community, we seek to live out this consecration everyday when we pray St Louis de Montfort’s prayer of consecration to Mary. But what does it mean in our everyday ordinary lives? Why do we consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary? I have been Catholic for thirty-one years. […]