Letters - Editors
eMatrimony News Flash - April 23, 2006
Karen Baker and Ralph
& Jane Becker
& Irma Saldaña and Benny & Vicky Castro
April 23, 2006
Thank you to all who have been visiting eMatrimony.org.
We are sending this email to you because either you, or someone
who loves you, asked us to send you updates about eMatrimony.
If you have not yet visited eMatrimony.org,
please do so. If you are bilingual in Spanish, be sure to click
on the link Versión en Español
at the top of the home page to see the wonderful work the Spanish-speaking
sections are doing with eMatrimony.org/Spanish.
Ralph & Jane Becker, our webmasters, sent the following email
to us and we thought it said so much that we asked their permission
to share it with you.
We were reading this week's (dated 4/17/06) Newsweek
magazine. The "My
Turn" section, which is a weekly reader column, is entitled
Had the Love, But I Long for the Letters". In this
article, the author, William Shaw, laments the lack of written
letters after his wife of 46 years passed away 2 years ago.
After explaining that he does have some cards and photos, Shaw
writes, "But what I don't have is a letter from her
in her handwriting - on her stationery - from her heart to mine.
I regret she never had one from me and I wonder if she ever wanted
one, or ever missed having a little bit of the real me to hold
on to. A letter can be that.
"...no matter how close my wife and I were, no matter
how much we loved each other, and no matter how many heartwarming
memories I have of our togetherness, I don't have any tangible
record of her heart speaking to mine. And how I wish I did."
Living the Marriage Encounter lifestyle means that none of the
2 million encountered couples in the world will ever have a lament
like this. How blessed we are! We all have a written record that
lays out, in black and white, that we do truly love each other.
What a precious gift! Our love letters are truly a legacy for
our love. Being a part of bringing the Weekend to couples truly
does change the world!
Our focus as we prepared for the Triduum this past week was on
Easter and our prayer life. We were also in the throes of securing
Prayer Couples for our next Weekend. With this so much in our mind
we offer you the following articles.
- From Love Letters/Readership,
a heartwarming letter in Joyful
Easter from Kinshasa.
- From News/International
a beautiful picture and story in From
Before Dawn to Mid-Morning – Good Friday in Guam.
- Under News/Section-Local two families
share different types of blessings in their lives in WWME
Family Gets New Home From Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.
- Under Resources/Stories,
a couple shares how they overcome the challenge of preparing a presentation
for their Share Group in Focus
- When you visit eMatrimony
please remember to check our prayer Intentions
& Requests. Our family relies on your prayers when they
ask us to include their special intentions.
- Is anything interesting happening in your area?
We need your input! Your articles and your opinions
about what you want to see are important to keeping eMatrimony
new and exciting. Email your articles to
- Include an eMatrimony
in every weekend take-home packet, and make flyers available at
all Community and Presenting Team meetings and functions.
- Forward a copy of this News Flash (or a link
to its web page) to other encountered couples and priests in
your area, and encourage them to submit their email addresses to
receive future news flashes. To sign up, all they need to do is
send a blank email message to
In Christ's Love,
English: Jack & Karen Baker
Español: Marco & Irma Saldaña
San Diego, CA
English: Ralph & Jane Becker
Español: Benny & Vicky Castro
As an online publication of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, eMatrimony
serves as a resource to support, encourage, and challenge couples,
priests, and religious to live the values of the WWME experience
and grow stronger in their efforts to renew the church and change
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