the please and thank you prayer

Three years ago today my friends Emilie and Steve were married at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN. Happy Anniversary guys!!!! I met Emilie and Steve through a mutual friend–Steve’s brother Bruce, in fact–the same day I met my husband. Little did I know that day that less than two years later we’d all wind up married!
Their wedding was absolutely beautiful (how could it not be, with Emilie as the bride?) and I felt very honored when they asked me to read. (My reading was from the Song of Songs; luckily for me, not the one about the leaping gazelle, so I was able to keep a straight face.) What I remember most clearly, however, is the “please and thank you prayer” for married couples Fr. O’Connell recommended during his homily. Take a quiet moment together and light a candle. Each person in turn asks God for an intention, then each mentions one thing for which they are grateful. That’s it; very simple (which, of course, is the beauty of it). Praying together does a lot to bring couples closer to each other and to God, and the two elements of the prayer remind us what really matters in our lives together.
Now, if I could just get George to do it with me…

*sigh*

This is Steve and Emilie with George and me last New Year’s Eve:

One thought on “the please and thank you prayer

  1. Hi Barb, and thanks for the anniversary wishes! We still do the please-and-thank-you prayer every so often, but not every night, and we never light a candle. (That would probably burn the bedsheets.) 🙂 We usually don’t stop at one intention, either — we rattle off as many as we have on our minds. It’s good therapy, in a way; and for me, it really helps me hear what’s on Steve’s mind. So … I hope you and George are able to do it every once in a while, too!

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