“My dear young friends, I want to invite you to “dare to love”. Do not desire anything less for your life than a love that is strong and beautiful and that is capable of making the whole of your existence a joyful undertaking of giving yourselves as a gift to God and your brothers and sisters, in imitation of the One who vanquished hatred and death for ever through love (cf. Rev 5:13).”—Pope Benedict XVI (via marychapman)
"The immediate and in many ways most important arena of the laity’s Christian witness is marriage and the family. Where family life is strong and healthy, the sense of community and solidarity is also strong, and this helps to build that ‘civilization of life and love" which must be everyone’s aim. But where the family is weak, all human relationships are exposed to instability and fragmentation. Today the family is under pressure from many quarters: "The family is placed at the centre of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love. To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found in Christ the Redeemer of man" (cf. Letter to Families, n. 23). At a time when the very definitions of marriage and family are endangered by attempts to enshrine in legislation alternative and distorted notions of these basic human communities, your ministry must include the clear proclamation of the truth of God’s original design."
“A young husband should say to his bride: ‘I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us.’”— St. John Chrysostom (via my-scattered-light)
“You ought to have realized how I appreciate and respect you, and how I value your heart. I’m especially attached to you, and the attachment is based on a special impression that is difficult to dissect and explain. I like your restraint, your inborn and elevated feeling of your own worth, and I like the consciousness of that feeling. I especially love in you that firm edifice of honor, view, and convictions, which, of course, is absolutely natural and not yet much realized by you. I also love your mind, which is calm and discriminates clearly and distinctly, and sees truly.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky