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My husband and I were married nine years ago today.  It was a terrible, terrible day, with barely a good memory salvageable from sun up til sun down.  I thought about chucking it all and not showing up, but realized that was not the path to which God was calling me.  He was calling us to a marriage, not to a wedding.  If the wedding didn’t shape up perfectly, that was fine.  I wasn’t getting married for a wedding.  I was getting married to fulfill a vocation.  God doesn’t promise us sacramental grace for a beautiful wedding, but for a strong marriage.  When we make too much of the day itself, we often lose sight of the lifetime to follow.

Continued at Truth and Charity.