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The Vocation of Marriage is Radical Love

It’s the solution to today’s challenges in marriage!

The Vocation of Marriage: Good News for Couples

What is Radical Love?

Radical Love (Good News Ministries style) is first knowing how deeply and unconditionally God loves you. This is the root of all successful love (the word “radical” means “root”). Then we rely on that love to share it with our spouse (and others, too, of course). In the Vocation of Marriage, couples are empowered by the Holy Spirit to love each other with the love that comes from God.

The following podcasts on God’s Radical Love in the Domestic Church reveal God’s design for family life and the Vocation of Marriage. It was recorded live at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2013. The handouts mentioned are available on our website at

We have come to know and rely on the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. By this, love is perfected within us. (1 John 4:16,17a)  

What is the Vocation of Marriage?

The word “vocation” in marriage is similar to what we think of for the vocation of the priesthood, which is evangelization. Our primary and most important calling as couples is to help each other grow closer to Christ and then to evangelize our children. Everything else is secondary to this, because only this is eternal.

Open up to Radical Love!What can Good News Ministries do for your marriage?

We (1) fortify romantic relationships amidst the challenges of everyday life through the groundwork of a better understanding of the biblical and moral truths about marriage,

(2) encouraging couples to recommit their lives to the vocation God has given them, and

(3) helping couples stand strong as partners evangelizing others through the testimony of their relationships, to turn the tide of worldly influences back to what is healthy for children, couples, and society.

This website — — is a resource and inspirational site for everyone who is interested in understanding more about the Vocation of Marriage, including clergy and others who minister to couples. The most popular section is our Reflections for Couples.

See our video course on
The Joy of Love

The Joy of LoveCourse Description

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of Love, is the topic of a Good News Ministries video course. The course involves 3 short (5- or 6-minutes long) videos per chapter. Each video pulls out an important theme from each of the pope’s 9 chapters. It is up to you whether or not you read the rest of the content in each chapter.

But it’s for more than just married couples and parents. If you will ever be in a position or opportunity to help others understand the Church’s teachings on marriage and family, then this is an important book to read — especially in today’s world where secular and immoral beliefs about marriage and family have become louder than the truth.

This course is not solely for couples and parents. We all — every Catholic and indeed every Christian — increasingly need to be able to speak up about God’s design for marriage and family. We are called by Christ to evangelize the world into embracing God’s design. He longs to empower us to win back many who have gone astray and to strengthen couples’ resolve to have strong, holy marriages and to become parents who give the world the gift of children who are raised in the truth.

For more information, click here.

heartsWhat you get from Good News Ministries:

If you are married, we want to help you receive God’s empowerment for a successfully permanent marriage.

If you are thinking of getting married someday, we we want to help you receive God’s empowerment for a successfully permanent marriage.

If you minister to couples (as clergy, parents, or friends), we want to help you help others receive God’s empowerment for a successfully permanent marriage.


Thank you so much for all inspiring passages. have enjoyed all tremendously. My husband, Lawrence has passed away on 17 May 2018, about 2 months ago. Our children are 31 and 26. We are coping. Loss of a loved one is never easy but pain will be overcome with faith and prayers. God bless all.

Posted by Mathilda on July 16, 2018

    We are sorry for your loss. Now you have a loving intercessor in heaven to pray for you better than he could ever pray while on earth.

    Posted by Terry Modica on July 17, 2018

Am married but there is no peace, I feel like surrendering everything and remain single again and forever. What can i do?

Posted by Odongo Franco on April 12, 2018

    The starting point to recovery and healing is in seeking face-to-face help from a good counselor who believes in marriage and your local church. Go to Confession for your own contributions to the problems in your marriage, and also seek guidance from your pastor or church office on what marriage retreats are available in your diocese. Hopefully you have Retrouvaille available. Here’s more info:

    Posted by Terry Modica on April 12, 2018

Greetings to the ministry. please I need help. Am married, my marriage is troubled. I need someone to talk to

Posted by Nchang on December 20, 2017

    Please contact your local Catholic church to ask for a recommendation of a good marriage therapist and for other assistance available in your diocese.

    Posted by Terry Modica on December 20, 2017

Good site. I am sure it’s God’s blessing to me and my family.

Posted by Emmanuel on August 7, 2017

Thank you Terry and the GNM staff for the work you are doing to make our Lord known to the world. My marriage of twenty three (23) years had ups and downs but I gave all the glory to God and a credit to my wife who stood by me when I lost the job in the military and again in the oil company due to tribalism. As I read reflections for couples I say blessed be God who gave Terry and Ralph Modica the insights to write these blogs on the vocation of marriage. My wife stood by me when I was jobless unlike others who run away when one cannot afford a plate on the table. I have given her all the readings from the vocation of marriage and now since we had done our wedding in the AG chambers, we are planning to renew it in the Church so that we can receive Christ in Mass who will strengthen our marriage and love for one another.

Posted by Franklin G Njeru on August 13, 2015

    Franklin, thank you so very much for your testimony. And congratulations on advancing your marriage further by making it a Sacrament!

    Posted by Terry Modica on August 13, 2015

My husband and I are coming up on 45 years of marriage this October 3rd.God has blessed us with 4 beautiful sons and now 6 granddaughters and one grandson. Life seemed to be passing us by so quickly and then last Oct. 1st, I had a major surgery which removed my pancreas, part of my colon, my spline, and 2/3’rds of my stomach….God was there looking over me, because the Cancer cells were only in my Pancreas, last month I had a Cat Scan done at 8 months out of the surgery…and the Lord granted me to be Cancer Free….Life has changed for me and my husband ….. but each day is a blessing that I can still be here. Terry, about 2 years ago you gave a trip to your place for us and at that time we were unable to make it.. We would love to be able to come there if that is still an option. Thank You for listening….Corrine Lewis

Posted by Corrine Lewis on August 9, 2015

    Corrine, I will reply to you by private email.

    Posted by Terry Modica on August 11, 2015

Praise God for this project. We have been married fro 54 years. We have been speakers at marriage preparation programs for our Diocese.
One of our greatest concern then was the follow up for those marriages. What happens after the marriage ceremony we never knew. Many of them probably just needed the certificate to proceed with the wedding. We are now members of a community, Families in Christ Jesus. We certainly would like to share these with other married couples. God bless you and your ministry!

Posted by JOE AND SHIRLEY MAYO on July 25, 2015

    You are so very right, Joe and Shirley, about the importance of follow-up. Nurturing and mentoring marriages is even more important, in my opinion, than the marriage preparation programs, which Ralph and I too have have been speakers for. Couples are more ready for helpful programs after marriage than before, because of the challenges that happen after marriage. Marriage Encounter is a good program for that. Families in Christ Jesus communities are good for that. At Good News Ministries, we want to reach those who don’t avail themselves or cannot avail themselves of these, as well as provide on-going support to those who have been involved in them. I’ll be writing to you privately about how you and we can collaborate for the same goal.

    Posted by Terry Modica on July 26, 2015

    Thanks so much for what you are doing. I am wedded and I encourage other couples to wed in church too. Please, link up with on private mail so we discuss more. God bless you.

    Posted by Emmanuel on August 7, 2017

I agree that there should be marriage for one man and one woman as ordained by God but, the governments of the world are worldly and only think of getting votes to stay in power. People of all walks of life and beliefs are in government today. In the 1960’s well into the 90% were church goers in NZ. Today is there is a bigger falling away from church attendance and a bigger falling away from the Teachings of Jesus. In the 1960’s the government was made up of church leaders and solid people of the community. Today not so.

Posted by John Hayward on July 3, 2015

Thank you so much, Terry & GNM Team for sparing no effort in upholding the sanctity of the Sacrament of Marriage. In the Philippines, advocates of divorce is gaining ground. Today’s generation in my country are in the culture of simply living-in together especially if the girl is already pregnant. More often this kind of lived-in arrangement dissolves easily. Marriage disintegration is also prevalent because of globalization. Filipino workers are very much in demand all over the world for their skills and for being so hardworking. Sadly, once one of the spouse or both leave to work overseas, their marriage disintegrates and their children suffer! Single parenthood seems to be the norm these days!

Posted by Evelyn Cortez Gonzales on April 12, 2015

    Thank you, Evelyn, for sharing the information about your culture. It’s a world-wide problem. But Jesus has the cure!

    Posted by Terry Modica on April 13, 2015

I am very much thankful to God the Father thru his son Jesus Christ in anointing you to become the bridge of enlightenment for married couples who plan to have a divorce for a reason of misunderstanding of sacredness of marriage especially for Catholics, specifically in the Philippine Government who drafted a LAW for DIVORCE. Please pray for us that they may understand how sacred is marriage. Thank you and God bless you always.

Posted by Lino Uson on March 27, 2015

I strongly believe in marriage . I pray that our young man and women
Would get married instead of living together

Posted by Brigitte bergeron on March 19, 2015

    Me too, Brigette. Thanks for posting!

    Posted by Terry Modica on March 19, 2015

This is an urgent ministry , all married couples need to do this. Thank you.
Is this where we register?

God Bless,

Posted by Rey & Mabel Perlas on March 18, 2015

I need this!

Posted by Jackie Maduro on March 16, 2015

    Thank you for that comment, Jackie! And you are not alone.

    Posted by Terry Modica on March 16, 2015

God bless you mightily GNM staff for setting up a site of this nature.The sacrament of marriage is really under attack in the world today and we need to be empowered to strengthen our own marriages so that we can in turn support other couples in need.May your ministry flourish and bear much fruit in Jesus mighty name I pray.AMEN.

Posted by Mary McCormick on March 14, 2015

    Thank you, Mary. We are excited to be called by God to meet this need. Together, we can make a difference! Please help us get the word out.

    Posted by Terry Modica on March 16, 2015

What an Awesome God! GNM staff you are instruments by providing Jesus’s helping hands to many troubled marriages. The married couples in our society need to be strong and supportive with one another more than ever. The families are experiencing great challenges. Good for you, GNM, for helping couples find faith and support during these times. Without strong faith filled marriages, families are torn apart. The society can only thrive when we have faith filled families. The best example is Jesus, Mary and Joseph. This is a model family for any generation. May the Lord continue to guide your ministry. AMEN

Posted by Yolanda on March 13, 2015

    Thank you for your comments and feedback, Yolanda. What you say is so true.

    Posted by Terry Modica on March 16, 2015

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