We enter marriage blissfully, sometimes blindly, always with hope. Most couples go into marriage with high expectations and a strong attraction to each other. This is good and necessary. A vocation as difficult as marriage needs this idealism and emotional bond to help the couple weather the inevitable storms that will follow.But we dont all have to make the same mistakes. Over the generations weve learned a lot about what keeps marriages strong.One of the beauties of marriage is that it can be a purifying commitment. No one knows you as well as your spouse and it is through this intimate knowledge that your strengths and weaknesses are reflected back to you. This can be scary and discouraging at times because honesty can be harsh. With a gentle touch and unfailing forgiveness, however, it can be a unique path to mutual holiness…


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