Live to forgive as misunderstandings are inevitable, and never let a night pass without expressing love for each other. These are some words of advice on staying faithfully in love, from two couples who have been married for 60 years.Over 1,000 people consisting of married couples, their families and friends attended the Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Singapore’s 35th anniversary celebration at the Church of St Mary of the Angels on May 1. The main celebrant for Mass, Archbishop William Goh delivered a homily reminding the congregation of what they should aspire to be, in order to live out the anniversary’s theme, to “glow as a community of faith and love”.
Archbishop Goh, who had previously participated in ME in 1980, also urged the movement to be firmly rooted in Christ first of all. The two couples who have been married for 60 years, Mr Peter Pong and Mrs Helen Pong as well as Mr Victor Sim and Mrs Elizabeth Sim shared their love stories with CatholicNews. Mr Sim, 84, has been Mrs Sim’s caregiver for the past 10 years through her dementia and diabetes. Faithfully, he waits for another lucid moment when she says “I love you”, thanking God that she recognises him each day. Mr Pong, 90, says he cherishes the freedom to serve the Church with his wife, especially in tending together the sick and infirm at the Singapore Cheshire Home. Marriage Encounter is a weekend programme for married couples that aims to help them enhance their marriage.
|Mr Victor Sim & Mrs Elizabeth Sim (L) and Mr Peter Pong & Mrs Helen Pong. Both couples have been married for 60 years.|
|By Ignatius Soh and Florence Soh
Source : Catholic News May 18,2014 Vol 64, No 10