The Sacred Art of Marriage

The Sacred Art of Marriage

by David Robinson

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Overview

The Sacred Art of Marriage explores married life as an art studio with fifty-two tools to creatively craft your spiritual life together. Drawing upon the fourth chapter of The Rule of St. Benedict, this book offers married couples fifty-two weeks of spiritual practices and ancient wisdom to deepen your marriage. Newlywed couples planning and preparing for married life will encounter in this book a variety of creative plans and patterns to put into practice, including daily, weekly, seasonal, and annual patterns of healthy, married living. Journeying through a year of marriage, readers move seasonally through this four-part book, from Summer, into Fall, through Winter, and around to Spring. In The Sacred Art of Marriage, you'll discover ancient wisdom and practical ways to deepen your spiritual life together across seasons as you grow together in God's gift of marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498233286
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Robinson is author of Soul Mentoring: Discover the Ancient Art of Caring for Others (Cascade, 2015); Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way (Paraclete, 2010); and The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality (Crossroad, 2009). Married since 1981, David and his spouse, Trina, enjoy three married sons and one granddaughter. David has served as pastor of Cannon Beach Community Church, Cannon Beach, Oregon, since 1993. He is a Benedictine Oblate with Mount Angel Abbey.

Table of Contents

Preface; Marriage as Sacred Art xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The Art Studio of Marriage xvii

Part 1 Summer 1

Chapter 1 Love God 3

Luke 10:27; RB 4:1

Chapter 2 Love One Another 6

John 13:34; RB 4:2

Chapter 3 Dress for Marriage Success 9

Colossians 3:12; RB 4:3-4

Chapter 4 Live with Gratitude 12

2 Corinthians 9:6-11; RB 4:5-6

Chapter 5 Be Honest 15

Mark 10:19; RB 4:7

Chapter 6 Respect One Another 18

1 Peter 2:17; RB 4:8

Chapter 7 Practice the Golden Rule 20

Matthew 7:12; RB 4:9

Chapter 8 Follow Christ 22

Matthew 16:24; RB 4:10

Chapter 9 Learn to Fast 25

Isaiah 58:6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:27; RB 4:11-13

Chapter 10 Help the Poor 28

Matthew 25:36; RB 4:14-15

Chapter 11 Care for the Sick 31

Matthew 25:36; RB 4:16

Chapter 12 Comfort the Grieving 34

2 Corinthians 1:3-4; RB 4:17-19

Chapter 13 Live a Christlike Lifestyle 37

Luke 4:5-8; Matthew 5:43-48; RB 4:20

Part 2 Autumn 41

Chapter 14 Love Christ above All Else 43

2 Corinthians 5:14; RB 4:21

Chapter 15 Deal Daily with Anger 46

Ephesians. 4:26; 1 Corinthians 13:5; RB 4:22-23

Chapter 16 Strive for Purity of Heart 49

Matthew 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:6; RB 4:24

Chapter 17 Practice Peacemaking 52

Matthew 5:9; RB 4:25

Chapter 18 Welcome Charity 55

Romans 12:13; Ephesians 5:1-2; RB 4:26

Chapter 19 Live a Life of Truth 58

Ephesians 4:15; RB 4:27-28

Chapter 20 Express Kindness 61

Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12; RB 4:29

Chapter 21 Develop Forbearance 64

Matthew 5:39; Colossians 3:13; RB 4:30

Chapter 22 Love Your Enemies 68

Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27; RB 4:31

Chapter 23 Bless Others 71

Romans 12:14; Genesis 12:2-3; RB 4:32

Chapter 24 Boost Your Endurance 75

1 Peter 2:20-21;Romans 15:3-6; Matthew 5:10; RB 4:33

Chapter 25 Live a Life of Humility 79

1 Peter 5:6; RB 4:34

Chapter 26 Practice Moderation 82

Titus 17-8; RB 4:35-37

Part 3 Winter 87

Chapter 27 Keep Spiritual Energy 89

Romans 12:11; Galatians 6:9; RB 4:38

Chapter 28 Encourage One Another 93

Acts 11:23-25; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; RB 4:39-40

Chapter 29 Hope in God Alone 96

Psalm 62; RB 4:41

Chapter 30 Experience Cod's Goodness 99

Psalm 16; RB4:42

Chapter 31 Accept Responsibility 102

Psalm 51; RB 4:43

Chapter 32 Eternal Perspective 107

2 Corinthians 4:16-18; RB 4:44-46

Chapter 33 Dying Daily 110

1 Corinthians 15:31; Philippians 1:21; RB 4:47

Chapter 34 Be Watchful 114

Matthew 26:41; RB 4:48-49

Chapter 35 Train Your Thought Life 119

Psalm 139; Philippians 4:8; RB 4:50

Chapter 36 Speak Good Words 123

Ephesians 5:4, 19; RB 4:51-52

Chapter 37 Learn to Laugh 125

Psalm 126; RB 4:53-54

Chapter 38 Practice Lectio Divina 130

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2; form 10:27; RB 4:55

Chapter 39 Pray Continually 135

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RB 4:56

Part 4 Spring 141

Chapter 40 Center Your Life in God 143

Jeremiah 18:1-3, RB 4:57-58

Chapter 41 Open Your Soul to God 147

Song of Songs 5:2; RB 4:59-60

Chapter 42 Let God Form Your Marriage 150

2 Corinthians 4:7; RB 4:61

Chapter 43 Be Holy 153

Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14-16; RB 4:62

Chapter 44 Build on the Rock 157

Matthew 7:24-25; RB 4:63

Chapter 45 Treasure Sexual Purity 160

Genesis 2:24-25: Hebrews 13:4; Ephesians 5:21 -33; RB 4:64

Chapter 46 Live Fruitfully 164

John 15:1-5; Galalians 5:19-23; RB 4:65-67

Chapter 47 Grow in Love 170

John 13:1-15,34-35; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; RB 4:68-69

Chapter 48 Respect Elders 175

1 Peter 5:1-3,5; RB 4:70

Chapter 49 Love Children 179

Matthew 18:1-5; James 1:27; Ephesians 6:4; RB 4:71

Chapter 50 Pray for Others 183

Luke 6:27 35; RB 4:72

Chapter 51 Sleep in Peace 187

Romans 12:18; Psalm 4; Ephesians 4:26; RB 173

Chapter 52 Never Lose Hope in God's Mercy 191

Hebrews 10:23-25; James 2:13; RB 4:74

Epilogue: The Journey of Marriage 194

Appendix: The Tools of Love 197

Bibliography 201

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From the Publisher

"In The Sacred Art of Marriage, David has crafted something quite lovely. St. Benedict's fourth chapter on the Tools of Good Works was intended to shape our hearts into the heart of Christ through action. In simple, short chapters he weaves a small section from RB 4 and Sacred Scripture with tales his own life experience to call couples to deepen the quality of their lives together. These are organized by the four seasons—a nice reminder that our relationships and commitments also have 'seasons.' His simple exercises are practical. I recommend this for all, but especially for those preparing for marriage or in the early days of your lives together."

—Laura Swan, OSB, author of The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement



"David Robinson has a metaphorical mind and heart. His poetry combines with biblical, theological, pastoral, and marital wisdom. This book displays all of these gifts, and you will be the richer for reading it."

—Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary

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