Courtship of the Saints: How the Saints Met Their Spouses - w/ Author Patrick O'Hearn
Imagine feeling an indescribable sense of peace the moment you meet your spouse, knowing that your love will be deeply rooted in your faith. Our guest, author Patrick O'Hearn, shares his journey from growing up Catholic to embracing his faith and finding his spouse at Franciscan University. In our conversation, we discuss his book, Courtship of the Saints: How the Saints Met Their Spouses.
Diving deeper into the lives of married saints, we explore their hidden holiness, the process of canonization, and the difference between courtship and modern dating. Patrick shares his experience interviewing St. Gianna Molla's daughter and finding other married saints for his book, as well as the heroic love of Venerable Vittorio Trancanelli and his wife, who adopted seven children, some with special needs. Learn about the importance of involving the woman's father in courtship and how couples' preparation for marriage can have a profound effect on the outcome.
Finally, we discuss examples of docility and submissiveness in the lives of Mary and the saints, the ideal dynamic between a husband and wife, and the importance of men actively cherishing their wives. Our conversation also delves into the romantic love between Pietro and Gianna Molla, Zellie and Louis Martin, and how Catholics have the best love life of any group. Discover the 'third ring of marriage' and the importance of suffering in relationships, as well as inspiring stories of married saints and their spouses' sacrifices for their faith.
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