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From this Day Forward

“’For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:7-9

When my nephew Dan presented Courtney with her engagement ring the first thing she noticed was not the size of the beautiful diamond but the engraved infinity signs on both sides of it. The math symbol of infinity means uncountable, unbounded, limitless, and eternal. Infinity is a rich and meaningful symbol for marriage.

As I was preparing to present a reflection at their wedding, I asked them to share with me what the sacrament of marriage meant to them. Courtney told me: “Dan put infinity signs on my engagement ring, not because we’re both math dorks (which we are!), but to show eternity, forever, we’ll be ’we’ from this point forward.” Dan and Courtney entered into their marriage covenant with a rare maturity, an active faith, and a deep understanding of marriage as a holy sacrament.

As they processed out of the church full of love and promise, I prayed to the Holy Spirit to engrave the infinity sign on their now one heart.

Sister Terry is the Executive Director of RENEW International and a Dominican Sister from Blauvelt, NY.

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