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Families: a broad canvas


There are regular descriptions in the literature of the ideal Catholic marriage and family. Few bear any resemblance to the reality. There is no abstract state of marriage that somehow is the epitome
of excellence, a Platonic Form of marriage as it were. There is just marriage between two people who bring to the relationship all their psychological strengths and weaknesses, their immaturity
and unrealistic expectations, and their hopes for the future. Just as no two people are the same, no two marriages are the same. Some marriages remain in a comfortable co-dependency without any
growth, some grow and flourish, others fall apart. Some become seriously out of kilter when one person in the relationship grows and the other doesn’t. Some are utterly toxic environments for the couple involved and the children that are born into them.