Xian Xian (Agenzia Fides) – To feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a married couple and experience the beauty and happiness of Christian marriage: these were the intentions of some 35 married couples, Christian and non-Christian from the diocese of Xian Xian, He Bei Province in mainland China , who recently attended a Spiritual Camp on Marriage titled “The wedding couple in Cana”, organised by the diocesan Commission for pastoral care of marriage and the family, held 12 to 18 July.
According to a report sent to Fides, diocesan Vicar don Zhou, presided the opening Mass. In his homily the priest underlined the importance of marriage for the Church and for society, encouraging married couples to consolidate their faith, the basis for healthy and lasting marriage and family : “when we distance ourselves from the Lord, the love which unites us weakens, the family breaks and the couple falls apart”. Speaking about situations which may lead to divorce the don Zhou said: “the couple must face these difficulties together , drawing strength from their faith and from the spirituality of marriage, turning also to others for help - priests, sisters, catechists – seeing the numerous challenges posed by society today”. The participants found the experience very helpful, and especially the non-Christian couples were visibly touched. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides 2016/07/23)