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By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange, Oct. 24, 2022

Dr. Donald DeMarco is Professor Emeritus, St. Jerome’s University and Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles College.


The complaint is often made that the problem with marital love is that it does not last.  At the outset of marriage it is strong, but after a while it starts to weaken and ultimately burns out. The high divorce rate can be attributed to the fact that many husbands and wives no longer feel that bond of intimacy that love once provided, and decide to  go their separate ways, perhaps to find another love mate.

At the root of the problem is a failure to understand the nature of love.  Love itself is not the problem.  A simple analogy may help.  I have an iPad that runs on battery as well as electrical power.  The former will serve me well, but only for a relatively short period of time.  It begins to run down the moment it is put into operation.  When the battery reaches zero, it can no longer deliver energy.  At this point the iPad ceases to function.  On the other hand, if I use electrical energy by plugging the cord into the wall socket, the flow of energy continues unabated.  It neither weakens nor runs out. …