The Evaluation of Mark Gungor’s Seminar “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” in Accordance with the Communion of the Spouses as a “communio personarum”

Birutė Obelenienė, Eglė Labutytė

Abstract


The article raises the issue that Catholic spouses are called to build their lives on the principles of the communion of persons as “communio personarum”, therefore it is necessary to evaluate whether Mark Gungor’s seminar „Laugh your way to a better marriage“ is an appropriate mean for the preparation of fiancés for the celebration of the sacrament of marriage and the strengthening of the communion of spouses. The author theoretically clears out the principles of the communion of spouses, based on which the parameters for evaluation are prepared. Following the evaluation of the seminar, the conclusions are provided that the seminar is not an appropriate mean neither for the preparation of fiancés nor the strengthening of the communion of Catholic spouses. The recommendations to the institutions of the Catholic Church in Lithuania for the use of the seminar are provided as well.


Keywords


Communion of spouses; Communio personarum; Dignity of the person; Human nature; Complementarity of man and woman; Preparation for the celebration of Matrimony Sacrament

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7220/2335-8785.62%2890%29.5

ISSN 1392-7450 (Print)

ISSN 2335-8785 (Online)