Most couples dream of marriage and the possibility of creating a life together with someone you love. But unfortunately dreams don't always come true — especially when it comes to our dream weddings.
This was especially true for flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga and Paula Podest Ruiz. They met eight years ago and planned to have a Catholic wedding in their local parish, but unfortunately, the parish collapsed in the 2010 earthquake in Chile. So they simply had a civil ceremony and moved on from their grand Catholic wedding dreams.
Two kids and many happy years later, the couple was working a flight together and happened to be on the same flight as Pope Francis. As the flight continued he asked about their life. The couple told him about their two beautiful children, their jobs and their civil wedding and how they were not able to have the Catholic wedding of their dreams because their childhood church had burned down.
Upon hearing the news, Pope Francis offered to marry them right there. The couple was extremely surprised but accepted immediately.
The couple said, "[The ceremony] was very moving. We can't believe the Pope married us! Marriage works ... we hope it will promote marriage."
As long as you're committed, nothing else matters, right? Well, yes, but making a public commitment as well as a personal commitment helps strengthen the marriage. Not only are the two of you encouraging and building your relationship, but other people are also working to help your marriage succeed.
We use the common phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child," but I think there is truth to this statement as we continue on to adulthood. We need the support of others, and there is nothing more important than love. So why not get your village to fully support and never doubt you and your loved one?
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler said, "Marriage is not primarily about what we as individuals think we want or need. It is about a central public commitment that the society needs, that couples need, that children need, and yes, that the spouses need. Marriage is a public institution, not merely a private commitment. It identifies the couple as a pair committed to lifelong marriage and thus to be respected in this commitment."
There is a peace of mind that comes with a public commitment like marriage that people who aren't married won't fully understand.
Why did Carlos and Paula care so much about having a Catholic wedding?
Marriage is not only a sign of commitment to one's spouse, but it is also a sign to God that you are committing to a person and plan to build a new family together. As you build a religious marriage, you will have the strength of you and your partner, but most importantly the strength of God.
Marriage is an important institution that we should not underestimate. The deep commitment from having a public, religious ceremony is something you will understand as you make the commitment. Marriage doesn't have to be a dream; it can be your reality.
Christa is a part time photographer, part time writer and full time lover of life. She loves eating chocolate chip cookies and singing (but not at the same time). She has her degree in political science.