I dare to say that the idea of Divine Providence is not one which guides most people’s lives or marriages. No, with people’s lives being immersed in materialism most people’s gladness and sense of wholeness is viewed from a perspective of worldly things and they are not likely to turn to God for the direction of how to accumulate those things. No most of us tend to want to take charge; we choose to believe that we are in control. We may consider that Christ will provide the graces to married couples throughout their married life so that they will be faithful to their commitment, but one best keep the number of a good divorce lawyer handy, just in case. The idea that God will provide all the grace to fulfill one's responsibilities in marriage tends to be viewed as a rather quaint notion, and even amongst some clergy the likeliness of success is viewed with the certainty of an afternoon at the track.
There are wonderful lessons for married couples in the lives of the saints and holy people. Saint Swithbert, whose life we celebrate today placed his trust in the Lord and as with all the saints offer sound direction for living lives which lead to true and lasting gladness and wholeness. As Blessed Mother Teresa reminds us, "we are the pencil in God’s hands." As for me and my house, we’ll let God guide us. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Swithbert.