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“We know from our own broken marriage that hope is possible”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The pope has appointed a married couple — who admit they almost got divorced — to a high-ranking Vatican council. 

Their unusual and inspiring story, from CNA:

A married couple recently appointed by Pope Benedict to be consultors for the Pontifical Council for the Family says they will bring their experience in a ministry dedicated to helping troubled spouses reconcile to the job.


Frank and Julie LaBoda, from Cross Plains, Wisconsin, are international coordinators for the Retrouvaille program that helps couples experiencing troubled times in their marriage.


CNA spoke about the appointment with Julie LaBoda, who said their nomination was “really humbling.” At the same time, she said, the position will draw on their ministry, which she described as “who we are; it’s what we do.”


For the past 11 years the two have been involved in Retrouvaille, which Julie described as a “peer ministry” for couples who have experienced pain and misery in marriage. Retrouvaille participants share the “gifts of hope and reconciliation” and show how it is possible to have unity again.


The ministry is available in 24 countries around the world.


The LaBodas said they were happy to represent Retrouvaille and especially marriage in the United States. 


Julie LaBoda said she did not know exactly what they would be doing for the Pontifical Council on the Family, but reported that she and her husband had met with its president, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli.


She described the Council as the arm of the Church that is invested in what the Church has to say and do about marriage and the family throughout the world.


The Council will be meeting by e-mail and will include the LaBodas if they have any questions for them.


LaBoda said her and her husband’s work with Retrouvaille and their own experiences would be “infinitely beneficial” in their consultations with the Council.


We know firsthand from our own broken marriage and almost divorce that hope is possible
and that the Church cares about marriage. God created marriage. It’s fabulous that the Church is fighting for us,” she told CNA.


“If we can be that voice for the committee, Amen.” 


There’s more at the CNA link.  And you can find more information on Retrouvaille at this website.




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Greg Stone

posted October 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm


Very helpful information.
I recently completed writing Taming the Wolf, which combines contemporary conflict resolution concepts with the peacemaking legacy of St. Francis.
I will make the work available to them. Thanks.



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Stephen Mckinnie

posted February 29, 2012 at 3:02 am


I like and appreciate your article post.Much many thanks. Want more.



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BRANKO BELICHESKY

posted May 30, 2013 at 2:08 am


DEAR DEACON GREG:

ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE MY LAST COMMENT, I WANTED TO GO ONE STEP FURHER ON THIS TOPIC.
MY MESSAGE TO ALL WOMEN IS SIMPLE CONTROL YOUR MOUTH NEVER DIS RESPECT YOUR HUSBAND ALWAYS CONTROL CONTROL AND CONTROL YOUR MOUTH. DON;T MAKE DEGRADING COMMENTS ALWAYS BE THERE FOR HIM AS A WIFE A FRIEND A MISTRESS AND LOVER.

INSTEAD OF JUMPING TO CONCLUSSIONS ALWAYS BE VERY POSITIVE AND NEVER ACSE YOUR HUSBAND OF DOING THINGS OR BEING WITH ANOTHER WOMAN, KEEP THIS IN MIND SEX IS LUST AND KEEP THAT LUUST GLOWING IN THE BEDROOM LOVE HIM LIKE HE NEVER HAS BEEN LOVED BEFORE AND BE THERE AS A WIFE.

IF YOU DON’T THERE SHALL BE ANOTHER WOMAN THAT WILL AND KEEP THE GLOW BURNING FULL OF DESIRE AND BURN HIS KNEE CAPS WHEN YOU DO SO THT HE CANT WALK AND SEE ANOTHER WOMAN.

I GUARANTEE YOU YOUR MARRIAGE WILL GROW MORE AND MORE EACH AND EVERY DAY.

YOUR CHRISTIAN BROTHER
BRANKO BELICHESKY



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