A new marriage preparation “supplement” based on the Theology of the Body

When people think of the Catholic Church’s teaching on sex and marriage, they often think of a list of “prohibitions.” Others who live the Church’s teachings often do so with an “I’m-coping-with-it, but-I’m-not-happy” attitude. God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage offers a refreshing, liberating vision of marriage and sexuality—one that helps couples fully embrace, and even celebrate, God’s glorious plan for their lives.

God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage provides couples with a rich understanding of the teachings of the Church and offers them the tools to live married life as God intended. The creators of the program believe that when engaged couples understand God’s plan for marriage, including a clear and pastoral explanation of the “difficult teachings,” they come away from the program with a sense of liberation and gratitude rather than resentment toward the Church.

Faith Should Be “Proposed,” Not “Imposed”

God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage works from the premise that Catholic teaching can never be imposed, only proposed, especially in our modern culture where messages that are contrary to the Catholic vision of marital love are commonplace. We realize that we are presenting the Church’s vision to a skeptical audience that will ask many valid and understandable questions. We also know that pastoral sensitivity is vital to transmitting the message successfully.

We believe that when Catholic teaching is upheld in its full splendor, it does not need to be forced upon anyone. Men and women are naturally attracted to the beauty of God’s plan for marital love; most couples simply have never heard it presented in a sensible, appealing way. God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage seeks to do just that—present the fullness of Catholic teaching on marital love in all its beauty. The rest is in God’s hands.