Written by Preston E Wiggins, Jr, Marriage in the Heart and the Mind of the Church is a series of reflections on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Intended for couples preparing to receive the Sacrament, this guide prepares the couple for the Sacrament of Matrimony and the interior dispositions necessary for marriage.
Available in a 94 page paperback, this book draws upon the writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Paul VI, Pope Pius XII, and Christopher West to present a comprehensive marriage preparation aid. A must read for all couples and a great resource for parishes to use with couples!
The following is taken from the book's forward:
In his 1978 Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae(On Catechesis In Our Time), Pope John Paul II proclaimed “the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ.” This sounds like a high and lofty goal, but what does it look like? Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught using parables; this helped His audience to understand because parables bring the supernatural into the natural realm. His technique was to use a situation that His listeners would be familiar with in order to unveil certain supernatural truths (cf. Mt 11:25). Can we use this method to find a modern day “visual” (parable) of what exactly does an intimate communion look like?
We are all called, by virtue of our Baptism, to be in an intimate communion with Jesus Christ. I did not really begin to understand what this entails until I was granted the great privilege of being united as one with the former Susan Kamaski. I had spent two years in a pre-theologate program in serious discernment for the priesthood. The time was well spent as I drew closer to the Lord, fellmore in love with His Church, and built a life firmly anchored on the Rock foundation that is Jesus Christ. I had no doubt that God, our Father, truly loved me as a beloved son, as did the Blessed Mother. A relationship I had, but I was not sure just what the nature of that relationship was.
A week after our marriage, I began to realize that there was a different quality to our relationship; we had a union that did not exist before we said, “I do.” This new intimate communion with Susan was the catalyst for reflection and meditation on the nature of one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Two titles of the Church have been the primary fuel of my reflections: the Bride of Christ and the Body of Christ. In recent years, there has been a widespread discovery of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body,which gave credence to my conviction that the nature of our relationship with Jesus is spousal.
This book is a tribute to those reflections, guided by the Holy Spirit with frequent contact with Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These reflections are augmented by the reality of the emotional and psychological damage that children experience due to an unstable family life that my wife has witnessed as a mental health counselor, our own experience as mentors for engaged couples and our involvement in Engaged Encounter. I have brought these reflections into talks and teaching with head bobs of agreement from the participants. Hopefully, you, too, will bob your head in agreement and be motivated to do whatever you can to strengthen marriages and families as God has planned from the very beginning. There is little that is more powerful than prayer and witness of faithful Catholics madly in love with Jesus Christ.