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Bernice and Gerardo Robledo say they have been blessed by the formation they received prior to receiving the sacrament of matrimony following their civil marriage. (photo: Courtesy of the Robledos)

The Holy See’s 97-page instruction endorsed by Pope Francis outlines how marriage formation is to be based on the baptismal catechumenate, but some U.S. dioceses and parishes are already well on their way.

By Peter Jesserer Smith, EWTN News , July 26, 2022

Editor’s Note: Peter Jesserer Smith is editing a book for Witness to Love. The book is expected to be published around late 2022 or early 2023.

Peter Jesserer SmithWhen Gerardo and Bernice Robledo first considered the sacrament of matrimony almost 10 years ago, the couple opted for a civil marriage instead.

While well-meaning family members pressured them to get married in the Catholic Church, the couple said, “No.” They were not practicing their faith at the time, and, deep down, they knew they would be getting a sacrament for all the wrong reasons.

“Spiritually, we just weren’t ready,” Gerardo told the Register.

Years later, as members of their Athens, Texas, parish community hearing a homily on God’s mercy, the Robledos felt inspired to at last receive the sacrament of matrimony. They had finally become disposed to let its sacramental grace work in their lives. …