gabapentin no insurance when to take viagra after eating ciprofloxacin price in manila can u smoke telmisartan like crack can nyquil and fexofenadine hcl be taken together is it ok to take birth control pills with baclofen pellet disulfiram implantacion flagyl mg amitriptyline 50 mg stents and plavix prostate cancer misoprostol a las 4 semanas cual riesgo viagra in budapest arimidex 250mg can thyroxine users take ginseng desogen birth control price buy prozac for cats imodium and metronidazole funciona al tercera semana el cytotec glucophage and haircolor flagyl for kittens dosage plavix online purchase canada 7296 carvedilol how long does 10mg levitra last hasta cuantas semanas de embarazo se puede usar cytotec nexium 40 mg and alcohol help for flagyl headaches paxil side effects behavior cialis muscle soreness efek samping obat lipitor 20 mg can klonopin with trazodone cause diarrhea topamax and heart block clomid success rates by age valsartan 160 mg price cialis online without rx amlodipine online thuoc propranolol hydrochloride can u drink while on zoloft and wellbutrine cetirizine hydrochloride to help sertraline withdrawal clozapine recreational use amoxicillin cvs side effects of metoprolol 50 mg and plavix 750 mg of naproxen then 3 shots of tequila luvox reviews zoloft and seroquel how long until diflucan works assay of sildenafil citrate in usp cyproheptadine autism premarin .625 mg cream inderal online uk how long does furosemide stay in your urine tests topamax aed titration how does glucophage work with pcos tab augmentin 228.5mg what color is amoxicillin liquid 300ml seroquel lisinopril online buy atorvastatin vs omega 3 interazione tra augmentin e hashish rash from taking bactrim fluoxetine prozac capsule rate in india puedo tomar neurontin con elavil neurontin 800g prednisone chest voltaren 50 and codeine taken together dapoxetine cheaper tablets in india can neurontin cause pain in jaw montelukast for asthma price in the philippine olanzapine glenmark 2.5mg atorvastatin price ciprofloxacin actavis 750 och alkohol en que farmacia de honduras compro misoprostol adalat serial sony 8 erythromycin ratio 250 mg packungsbeilage diltiazem 60 mg tabletta too much wellbutrin side effects erythromycin cost uk can i take 80 mg strattera twice a day doxycycline fluid retention twin from first time success clomid with iui augmentin bd 1g 20 weeks pregnant prometrium 200 mg cap solvay pfizer viagra for sale uk benazepril generic for lotensin propecia hairline results where can baclofen pump lioresal be bought if finasteride causes testicular pain what fo do clopidogrel 75mg tablets para q sirve in aborting why does one take flagyl efectos secundarios de misoprostol caducado clozapine street price kamagra oral jelly cape town can levofloxacin 500 mg treat mrsa infection tab.inderal ke kuseat synthroid effet secondaire metformin thuoc levofloxacin tablets 750mg amitriptyline tablet and preejaculation excessive thyroxine levels cipro and oxycodone interaction how should your space your dose of lasix what is the dose for acyclovir and genital warts reducing propecia dosage terbinafine pills no prescription q es el gabapentin par pharmaceuticals metoprolol recall prednisone dosing in infants herbal tablets for erectile dysfunction can a male take flagyl 500 mg cost of nortriptyline uk kamagra oral jelly croacija how many mgs of flagyl kills bv acyclovir 400mg used for 1st iui on clomid 50 success indomethacin 50 mg price uk cheap generic dostinex dosis ondansetron order zovirax uk generic line viagra cialis single use synthroid price walgreens how much is strattera 70mg worth NEOHAIRINDO.COM generic name of depo provera tab cytotec price in pakistan can you take metronidazole and adderall will 200mg of seroquel get me high famvir 200 cytotec se consigue puerto rico brand name cialis india cheap generic celebrex glimepiride cost there is acyclovir 500mg buy strattera from canada can bactrim cause discoloration of teeth does prozac cause weight gain sildenafil sandoz 100 mg discount cialis from india xenical 120mg 84 capsules other names for misoprostol ketoconazole 200mg oral and shampoo does levaquin treat pseudomonas what happens when you overdose.on naproxen 500 montelukast 10mg for 4years old finasteride 5 mg tab not kamagra jelly 100mg uk amoxicillin chinese name is generic maxalt mlt gluten free clopidogrel use in australia ilosone liquido eritromicina 125 mg cipro eye drops while breastfeeding levofloxacin hemihydrate can cause loss of appetite can wellbutrin cause permanent hypothyroidism accidentally double dose antibiotic cloxacillin metronidazole 200mg pil levaquin iv cost canadian viagra professional isotretinoin fiyat how long to work oral lamisil for ringworm premarin cream indian review cost of ondansetron in bc direct kamagra uk reviews plavix inr sertraline hcl 50mg olanzapine sedation cilicaine with escitalopram is that ok bactrim 1 amp rotec cytotec does the acyclovir cancel out the birth control pill hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg and diabetes misoprostol price in sri lanka sertraline 100mg side effects uk celebrex philippines price how many 500mg amoxicillin should i take for uti buspirone hydrochloride 10 mg snort lexapro gray hair cuanto tardan en deshacerse las pastillas misoprostol capoten 25 mg prospecto what is 2 grams equal to side effects of metronidazole can addderal help with side affects cymbalta detox diovan 40 mg coupon buy zovirax cold sore cream online aturan minum xenical how does doxycycline help rosacea obat levaquin 500 escitalopram omega 3 how soon after taking synthroid can i take tylenol khasiat voltaren gel 20 mg que pasa si tomo cytotec a la quinta semana has anyone bought zithromax online uk import cialis china is biotech ciprofloxacin good for period pain zoloft and diphenhydramine indomethacin no prescription kegunaan obat ketoconazole cream jerawat doxycycline 100mg can 400 mgs of fluconazole raise your blood pressure harga obat metformin patent albuterol 8mg tablets calculator uvolation clomid revista caras portugal 2700mg neurontin side effects has anyone got ptegnant on indian clomid is buspar a narcotic azithromycin 1200 mg weekly reducing my zoloft from 100 to 50 seizures dogs after taking flagyl neurotoxicity womera pill without a prescription perbedaan cipro dan metro all the anxiety pills that make you high prazosin premarin side effects weight gain cardizem 2 cream nitroglycerin spray in tendonitis buspirone 555 mb3 generic dapoxetine mg harga diflucan augmentin 1 gram how many times a day for cough allegra d 500 mg 60 mg of meloxicam wellbutrin sleeping too much prednisone taper guidelines and withdrawal does amoxicillin contain iodine doxazosin hexal 4 mg tabletta heavy panting prednisone taper amlodipine 100mg side effect what happens if you overdose with synthroid 112 mcg loxeva levofloxacin recreational use of mobic 15mg tab does finasteride make your feeces priligy prodaja azithromycin boots citalopram hydrobromide get ypu high yahoo citalopram 2.5 mg colcrys cost montelukast chewable tablet is antibiotic can you lose weight with xenical while taking cymbalta harga nizoral cream dan tablet erythromycin thiocyanate wikipedia antifungal cream lamisil vs monistat buy zovirax acyclovir ointment rizatriptan coupon how much antibiotics to give a cat generic viagra without a prescription chloramphenicol 34 fucking with taking cialis amoxicillin trihydrate and benadryl interaction can you get high off citalopram usp paypal viagra uk zyban 150 mg kullan?±m?± 50kg 9 year old take 10mg singulair lasix 6 hours pill furosemide 40 mg indonesia can bactrim make you gain weight 150 mg seroquel augmentation clomid 8dpiui can you buy phenergan in canada amoxicillin water retention pregnancy absence of thyroxine would result in does hydroxyzine make you high with weed generic names augmentin 625 egypt how much is zovirax in the philippines i take 40mg benicar how much losartan should i take zofran dosage for 3 year olds drug to quit smoking wellbutrinxl bupropion kamagra alcohol heartburn cyproheptadine street price what time of day should i take propecia colchicine online cheap zoloft 15 mg citalopram and insomnia nhs lasix online australia bactrim ds 800 160 over the counter viagra samples shopping voltaren salep adalah wean off prednisone early for poison ivy combien de temps agit stromectol azithromycin for chlamydial pharyngitis is cialis 40 mg safe paracetamol and naproxen over dose 1000mg pemberian amiodarone international drug store viagra eloquino levofloxacino 750 cuanto cuesta generico gabapentin teva 600 mg filmtabletten i para qi otiliza is amoxicillin still good after a year can misoprostol be use on a 14weeks pregnant is viagra used to prolong an erection after ejaculation cialis made me strong forum how long augmentin 625 stay in your system can you treat impetigo with acyclovir prednisone asthma how fast does it work levitra professional canada atarax drops adv para que sirve el lamisil anti fugal albuterol for sale que es la bupropion hcl 40 mg can i take zofran while pregnant plan b amoxicillin tylenool can metronidazole 250mg tablets induce abortion estrace cost vs premarin cream accidentally took 2 plavix purchase ketoconazole online fluoxetine hcl 20 mg effects which better famciclovir varacyclovir generic cialis online no prescription is it ok to take prednisone with genital herpes doxycycline and bactrim together can you have anavar with tamoxifen getting metronidazole out of a dogs system does gabapentin work for cymbalta withdrawal amoxicillin tonsillitis bactrim for cats kidney kamagra gel thailand embrel medicine. n antibiotic s metronidazole 250 mg for dogs and black stool converting seroquel xr to seroquel chloramphenicol 1 eye ointment for dogs lamisil difficult swallow synthroid .125 best practise azithromycin nz doses 500mg twice a day misoprostol hombres efectos secundar khasiat etaflox ciprofloxacin quanto costa feldene crema can put cialis ass furosemide diuspec suitable for pregnant cycle day 21 on clomid light brown spotting and mucus doxycycline ophthalmic lisinopril side effects with mrs dash buy singulair allergy penyakit cardura doxazosin valacyclovir for coxsackie virus buy cheap ciprofloxacin when does coreg peak cvs sell price of cialis doxycycline vomiting order metformin 500 mg online uk misoprostol en chile metronidazole bahasa melayu flagyl and vitamin d buy amoxicillin in uk no prescription RETROFITREBATE.COM how many days antiviral tablet will work can cymbalta cause retrograde dostinex 8 escitalopram in bangladesh step down prednisone dosage in my dog .125 synthroid side effects tetracycline hydrogen pyroxide resistance kidney failure zithromax strep cac the side effect of prednisone be reversed does finasteride work on women tamsulosina vademecum RETROFITREBATE.COM online generic viagra generic lexapro bad side effects maca and wellbutrin lexapro 20 mg online doxycycline safe or poison bodybuilding where to buy arimidex metronidazole gel .75 buy doxycycline uk no prescription buy orlistat weight loss tamsulosin 100 doxycycline momohydrate 100mg for open wounds can taking prednisone and mestinon cause miscarriage viagra suppository for women can a g6pd deficient take flagyl suspension dub clomid glucophage 500mg and alcohol ivermectin buy online do seroquel extended release make you sleep anafranil 10mg prezzo ciprodex otic in eye ic celecoxib does zyrtec d and allegra d have in aspirin azithromycin liquid for cats otc cymbalta off weaning does montelukast sodium should be taken in the morning amoxicillin 600 mg sildenafil citrate oral se ouede tomar phenergan con topamax can metformin cause urine to smell

The Couple That Prays Together …

Nothing Bonds A Marriage Like A 2-Part Harmony To God
by Barb Ernster | Source:

Hundreds of married couples in the Archdiocese of Detroit are praying together daily and experiencing a deeper intimacy with God and each other, thanks to a new parish-based program that teaches them how to pray comfortably and consistently.

Deacon Bob Ovies, former director of Detroit’s Family Life Office, and his wife, Kathy, developed the Together With Jesus Couple Prayer Series after speaking about their own daily prayer habit at a diocesan marriage event. They were bombarded by couples asking them how to get started praying together, and realized there was a hunger.

One year later,  they held the first six-week Couple Prayer program for 50 couples in their parish, St. Margaret of Scotland. Another 60 couples were put on a waiting list. The program spread quickly to other parishes and even Protestant churches. To date, more than 1,000 couples, ranging in age from early 20s to late 80s, have participated in the program.

“I felt like I stepped off the front porch and landed on a train,” says Deacon Ovies, who was caught off guard by the speed with which the program spread. “We’re 2,000 years into [Christianity] and we have really good Catholic-Christian couples who don’t pray with their spouse because they don’t know how, or they’re afraid of what their spouse will think of them.”

The Ovieses, who have been married 41 years, started praying together soon after the first of their six children, Mark, died of crib death. It was awkward for them at first, but they eventually developed a deeper prayer life and greater trust in each other.

Men, in particular, feel more awkward and inadequate if they reveal weaknesses or issues they’re dealing with at work. The Ovieses spent months designing the program to ease couples into a habit of daily prayer, where the intimacy begins to form.

Couples have to establish the biggest common ground they’ve got — Jesus,” says Deacon Ovies. “We felt like the Lord was saying to us, ‘You help get people to come to Jesus, and I’ll take care of the rest.’”

A Way of Life

Ken and Maureen Soens started praying together for the first time in their 30-year marriage after attending Couple Prayer at St. Andrews in Rochester Hills, Mich. It made God the center of their marriage and their personal lives.

“Initially inviting God into your relationship is uncomfortable, but the more you do it, the more you realize God wants to be part of that relationship,” explains Ken, who admits he didn’t get much out of the series even though he signed them up. At the time he was dealing with health issues and a job loss, and didn’t feel God’s presence at work. The Soens persisted in nightly prayers and soon began sharing more of their thoughts. This sparked Ken to start praying with Scripture every morning. He eventually had a breakthrough: He felt God was responding.

Praying together becomes a way of life, says Maureen, who wishes they had prayed together years ago, more than just with their kids when they were little.

“As a couple you’re intimate in every other way — physically, emotionally. Prayer is one of the most intimate things you can do together because you’re vulnerable,” she says. “I didn’t realize we didn’t have that level of intimacy until we started to pray together.”

Jim and Mary Fisher of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Farmington Hills, Mich., were married eight years and had three young children when they attended a Couple Prayer series. Their middle child, not yet three, could not hold down food and was not gaining weight. Doctors were unable to diagnose her condition.

Mary was growing in her faith, but was angry at God for not providing answers. Jim, an admitted “Sunday-only” Catholic, just wanted to wake up one day and find their daughter better. After Couple Prayer, things started to change.

“Once I found out how God works in our lives, I started praying that he just let our daughter be happy,” says Jim. “And that is what happened. She is the happiest one in our family.” Jim also developed a personal prayer life and started joining Mary in praying with the kids. He got more involved with the men in his parish, and now understands his role as spiritual leader of the family.

The Fishers, both in their mid-40s, raising three children under age 11, admit that some days are better than others. But they don’t give up. In fact they help facilitate Couple Prayer programs, which helps them stay involved.

“Sometimes I think it’s ridiculous that we’re doing it because we are so not perfect,” says Mary. “But it’s not about technique, it’s about a relationship.”

Three-Ply Cord

Angelita Fenker, who has a doctorate in spirituality and served three years on the U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family, says the Couple Prayer series is the best she has ever seen in 60 years of ministering in family spirituality. It not only gives practical suggestions that anyone can follow, she points out, but is spiritually deep and gets to the heart of the marital relationship.

“It’s not surprising that couples have to be shown what to do. How do you take things like ‘love is patient; love is kind’ out of the abstract and make it reality?” she says. “Christ cannot be the center of the family unless He is first the center of the parents’ lives.”

The Ovieses are encouraged by what has happened in the Detroit Archdiocese, as well as the requests coming from other parts of the country. They just completed a facilitator’s package for parishes and small groups and are completing a home edition for individual couples that will be available this summer.

With their pastor’s approval, Tony and Carol Aemmer are now in the process of launching the program at their parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Albany, Ind. Before becoming Catholic, Carol was Lutheran, and also belonged to Pentecostal and Assemblies of God churches, where prayer is more natural between married couples.

“I think it’s the one thing God wants all married couples to do because Satan is trying to tear at the root of our families and if he can keep husbands and wives at a distance, than their prayer might not be too powerful,” she says.

Aemmer sums up the need for couple prayer with a quote from Ecclesiastes 4:12 — “A three-ply cord is not easily broken.”

Barb Ernster writes from Fridley, Minnesota.


The Couple Prayer Series is on the Web at

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Published by: balashowri
Date: 2011-09-05 03:54:42
i am very much impressed by the Jesus prayer couples.

Published by: Anon
Date: 2011-09-04 04:13:39
I am a catholic and my husband and I pray the rosary together daily. It definitely has imbued our lives with grace and peace. While reading this article, Jim and Mary Fisher's story struck a chord in me. As a child, I suffered from a disease that caused me to throw up whatever food I had eaten. I was taken to many doctors but none of them could figure out what the cause was. Several years later, one doctor diagnosed my problem as achalasia cardia which is quite a rare disease. I was wondering whether this could be a cause for the little girl not being able to hold food down and losing weight. Just trying to help...

Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular