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Every generation has looked at marriage through a slightly different prism. Today's twenty-something generation, according to a recent Gallup poll commissioned by Rutgers University, is looking for a soul mate (94%); that perfect someone who will fulfill all of their emotional needs. These, children of divorce, feel co-habitation is a good way to find the right person. Marriage for them is a life-long commitment. It is hard work. Eighty percent say that women should not depend on marriage for economic well-being; only 45% think religious faith is important, and sadder yet, only 16% believe that the purpose of marriage is to have children.
They think it is okay to have children on your own.
Barbara Defoe Whitehead, the author of this study, states, "Marriage is unbundling. Alone you can have a child, a house, and sex. What you cannot have is intimacy. For intimacy you need marriage."
In her book, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, Judith Wallerstein writes "Divorce is a life-transforming experience. After divorce, childhood is different. Adolescence is different. Adulthood, with the decision to marry or not and have children or not, is different. Whether the outcome is good or bad, the whole trajectory of an individual's life is profoundly altered by the divorce experience."
Linda J. Waite, of the University of Chicago, citing a national survey of families and households, states the case for couples staying married when she says, "...at any one time only a small (10%) percentage of couples are unhappy, and only 2% are truly unhappy." Her research shows that if unhappy couples stay married, five years later they rate their marriages much higher.
* 94% of
singles want their
spouse to be a soul
mate first and
* Only 42% of singles
think it's important
to find a spouse of
the same religious
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