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Thousands proclaim on V-Day: `Marriage is beautiful`
Saturday, February 20, 2016

PASAY City, Feb. 14, 2016 – While most believe lines in motels are longer than those to church on Valentine's Day, thousands of Couples for Christ (CFC) members and their families flocked to the SMX Convention Center today to declare what a beautiful gift married life is. 


“Well, Valentine's Day is really the appropriate day to celebrate the love and marriage. And we wanted to hold an event that will proclaim God's goodness [about] the sacrament of matrimony... Because there are attacks on the family, the institution itself and  marriage,” said CFC chairman Joe Tale in an interview. 


According to Tale, who also gave an interview to ABS-CBN about the event, stressed: “There are really a lot of beautiful things happening in the lives of married people, of course there are ups and down. There are challenges, but all told, it's an exciting experience to be married. Marriage is beautiful and especially if it's marriage anchored on the Lord.”


Highlighting beauty

The half-day gathering, which featured a Holy Mass and simultaneous workshops on married life and family, he said, aimed to be a collective affirmation of the goodness of the married life. 


“We want to proclaim to the whole world that marriage is beautiful. Despite whatever people say, this is the life we'd like to live and we'd like to encourage many others to live [it],” explained Tale. 


This bold move by CFC, CFC International Council member Michael “Shok” Ariola revealed, is a response to Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life chairman Bishop Gilbert Garcera's challenge to the community to share the beauty of married life to the world. 


He shared: “[Bishop Garcera] challenged CFC to organize an activity that will highlight marriage and its beauty, highlight not only marriage but also family and its beauty, and this [event] is our response.”


Kick-off

According to Ariola, the “Marriage is Beautiful” event with its workshops on family, marital life, and parenting will be echoed by the CFC leaders who attended the Feb. 14 event, in their respective provinces and areas. 


“In effect, this is just our kick-off,” said Ariola in Taglish. 


For Singles for Christ international coordinator Noli Manuel, it's about time Catholics go beyond merely “defending” marriage and graduate to affirming what is good, true, and beautiful about the institution. 


“The challenge even in social media [is about] how we should be proclaiming... It's always been us defending [it]. But now... the challenge to CFC is to go out and tell the world that marriage is beautiful and families also.”


Aside from the workshops, the event featured a parade to recognize husbands and wives celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries; a Mass celebrated by Caloocan Bishop Pablo David; and a closing worship. (Nirva'ana Ella Delacruz)




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