Yes, of course: companionship, partnership, maybe financial security, maybe children.
But American bishops a few years back emphasized something else - a primary benefit of marriage is directed toward the salvation of others, that marriage helps us lead others (e.g., our spouse and children) to the Lord - in the "where two or more are gathered" way.
Now emptying the dishwasher doesn't seem too big a deal.
So it is with a lot of satisfaction on this day that I share a strategically-sent note:
nice that we can't see the future... because things turned out exactly as they
should have. I
am glad you married Mike Maloney then... and I'm glad you're married to Shawn Steil now.
loved your dad…and I love your dad.
And, I’m so happy to have you to love.