The Retrouvaille weekend went great. There were a few logistical hiccups but I don't think the participants really noticed or at least they didn't say so on the evaluations forms. One of the most repeated comment was, "I wish we'd known about the program sooner." I'm really grateful to God and the wonderful people who spread the word about Retrouvaille but also a little sad more people don't hear about it in their parishes.
I guess this is a good time for a question. Have you heard about Retrouvaille from your parish or diocese, from a pulpit talk or a posting in the bulletin?
We've adopted Retrouvaille as our ministry. It best fits our gifts and what I pray God wants us to do with our time. Every marriage will hit a roadblock and many more will hit lots of roadblocks. If both spouses are willing to take the necessary steps, marriages can be preserved and really thrive. What the priest said this weekend is that God created us to be lovers, to find joy in one another and I love the fact that my husband and I have a very playful relationship and hope others can find the same. God Bless all the couples who were with us this last weekend and I pray for their marriages to thrive!
UPDATE: I should point out that the Retrouvaille program is somewhat similar to Marriage Encounter but I find the former much more inspiring and helpful. Retrouvaille recognizes that married people go through disillusionment and misery. Retrouvaille is a place to find relief from the disillusionment and misery, not just to learn how to communicate or spend time alone together. I find the program respects the sincere feelings we all have and teaches us to communicate respectfully to our spouses. So, if I had the choice between the two, I'd go to Retrouvaille.