Why would I want my marriage to be led into a desert?… That doesn’t sound fun! What is awaiting me, my spouse and our marriage in ‘the desert’? What is the scripture reference for the concept: love is a desert? My relationship with my spouse is great, why would God want to lead us into a desert? What does my faith-formation, growing up into young-adulthood, have to do with my formation for marriage? I’m not sure I was fully prepared and formed for marriage and now I feel stuck, what do I do? Where do I find the courage to fully surrender my marriage, my family and my life over to the Father? How do I know if I’m truly ready to be transformed? How do I know if I’m truly ready for my marriage to be transformed? What should I do if my marriage feels stuck in the desert? Time in the desert seems never-ending, what’s the way out?
“We’re all married to a sinner! Because we all sin. It takes heroic courage to allow the Spirit to lead our marriage into the Desert to be radically transformed by God.” -Kari Curran
“In Scripture, what happens in ‘the desert’ is purification, formation and overcoming temptations from the Devil. That’s what we should expect if we are open-to-be-led by the Spirit into the Desert.” -Tom Curran
The Currans update listeners about how their 2016 Lenten journey is going; sharing insights from their Valentine’s Day dinner-out discussion and the message they spoke at a recent marriage retreat. Kari talks about the message God spoke into her life for Lent, through Pope Francis, about peace and relationships. Tom explains the concept of self-donative love in 4 simple phrases: “This is not important to me, this is important to you, you are important to me, I’ll do that.”