Have you ever read St. John Chrysostom‘s advice for married couples? If you haven’t, you definitely should. They are absolutely beautiful!
In his 20th homily on Ephesians, St. John Chrysostom discusses the love between husbands and wives. One portion of his homily particularly resonates, as he discusses the words a young husband should say to his wife.
Here’s the excerpt:
“I courted you, and I love you, and prefer you to my own soul. For the present life is nothing. And I pray, and beseech, and do all I can, that we may be counted worthy so to live this present life, as that we may be able also there in the world to come to be united to one another in perfect security. For our time here is brief and fleeting. But if we shall be counted worthy by having pleased God to so exchange this life for that one, then shall we ever be both with Christ and with each other, with more abundant pleasure. I value your affection above all things, and nothing is so bitter or so painful to me, as ever to be at variance with you.”
Such breathtaking words! Even Catholic Theologian Scott Hahn cited his words as great advice for husbands.
If every couple loved each other in this way, what a different world it would be!
Let us pray for all married couples, those discerning, and those preparing for marriage.