All the Days of My Life

“I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life…”

-Roman Catholic Rite of Matrimony

The concept of honoring another is biblical: “Honor thy father and mother…” the fourth commandment. It is the only commandment with a promise attached to it: “…and you shall live a long and happy life” (Exodus 20:12). In our family, that commandment was taken seriously and meant don’t do anything to bring shame to the family. We can think of honoring a spouse similarly, but it goes way beyond respectful courtesy and not bringing shame. To honor one’s spouse is to treat him with a special kind of reverence. But many couples use sarcasm, eye-rolling, deception and derision at the expense of the other. What does honoring one’s spouse look like…

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About the Author

Beth Davis

Beth has ministered to teens and those who love them for many years. After earning both her BS and MS degrees from Indiana University, she worked as a high school English teacher and later as the first youth minister in her home parish, St. Mary in Hudson, Ohio. There, she helped launch Life Teen, now in its 23rd year at St. Mary. Eventually, she traveled all over the country training youth ministers in the Life Teen model for youth ministry and still serves on their national Board of Directors. She is currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio. She and her husband Deacon Kent have four grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and, as of April, one grandchild.