Did you know that God desires deep healing for you? In this episode, Dr. Edward and Beth Sri continue their conversation on real marriage. They dive into the topic of weaknesses, struggles, and wounds coming to the surface in marriage and how God desires to heal us.
Snippet from the Show
In marriage, God wants to transform us with his healing love.
Dr. Edward and Beth Sri are excited to share their new book which is available for pre-order now!
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Jesus offers multiple invitations to this journey of healing. He will never force us to bring our woundedness to him. But he does invite us closer to him through the distressing circumstances that come up in our lives. These are actually great mercies, a pressing in of his presence, a time when we acutely feel the full force of the pain. We are free to turn away, to say no. But because he loves us, he will return again at a later time, with a tender touch, inviting us to explore that dark, uncharted area within.
As for our marriage, the journey continues even now and into the future. New wounds from our past and new ways to grow and love each other are regularly discovered, presented, accepted, and worked through together. What we thought we’ve already dealt with in our marriage sometimes resurfaces, revealing a totally new facet. It’s become almost rhythmic, this new uncovering of ever-deeper layers in our souls that Jesus wants to work on. But having so many of these trials behind us already, we are fortified and united together, knowing that Our Lord uses these new challenges only for our good. And that makes them easier to embrace.
So, if things do start to come to the surface in your marriage and you notice yourself reacting in ways you wish you didn’t, do not press the panic button. As St. John Paul II has said, the same God who called you to marriage continues to call you in the midst of the trials and difficulties that come up in your daily married life. Beth: That same God was calling me to go through this difficult, demanding, painful, but truly life-giving processing of healing. Edward: And that same God was calling me to remain steadfast in love, to accompany my wife through the process and do all I could to support her. And that same God may call you to a deeper level of healing—a healing that won’t be easy but will make you and your marriage new.
It All Comes to the Surface
In marriage, everything comes to the surface: the good and the bad. It is impossible to hide your true self including your weaknesses and sins. Other things that may come to the surface are our hurts from the past, our wounds. We are then faced with a decision: do we acknowledge those things and strive to heal and grow or do we ignore them?
God Loves Us
What is so important to remember is why God allows our “scum” to come to the surface. God allows this because he loves us. He loves us so much that he does not allow us to live with our “scum.” He loves us so much that he wants us to heal, grow, and change.
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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.
Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri. Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.
Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.