“Physical separation does not prevent spiritual presence among persons whom Our Lord has united by bonds of His holy love. The stronger this love grows within us, the closer it binds us together.” (Saint Louise de Marillac)
An old adage claims, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Sometimes we need time apart so that we can enjoy our individuality and take a break from irritations.
Modern trends keep us so busy, so preoccupied, and so focused on our own agendas that sometimes we are apart from our beloved even when we are in the same room.
Whether we’re apart physically or emotionally, we need never be apart spiritually if the Lord Jesus is the sacramental glue that keeps us together.
However, no relationship can thrive if there is insufficient communication: real communication, not just formal words and obligatory information-sharing. Maintaining a good connection with our beloved has for its foundation a good connection with Jesus our Divine Mediator. On days when in-depth communication is missing from our relationships with Jesus and with our spouse (or spouse-to-be), the relationship suffers. It won’t feel like it suffers, but the effects begin to wear us down after an accumulation of days.
When both you and your sweetheart stay actively connected to Jesus, the two of you are never apart spiritually. Your love never fades. Not even when separated by death.
- How do I feel when my beloved is away?
- What do I do to stay connected with my beloved?
Strengthen your relationship:
Plan a fun way to connect with each other a little more on a daily basis. Some ideas are: love letters, time spent together without the television and phones, “I love you” messages written on sticky notes left in surprising places, emails that are like diaries of daily activities, praying together first thing in the morning or at bedtime, etc. After making a plan, pray together, asking Jesus to bind you two together more closely.
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© 2016 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries