The Marriage Minute

Marriage: The Union of One Woman and One Man


This is a Marriage Minute from Integrated Catholic Life with Mike Carlton.


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Have you been to a wedding and quietly wondered how long the marriage would last?  Sounds like a terrible thought on such a wonderful occasion, but these days divorce rates are high.

What makes a good marriage? What takes a couple from that special ceremony to their 25th anniversary and beyond?

Reflecting on these questions, I’m reminded of what St. Paul said to the Catholic Church in Ephesus. In Ephesians 5, Paul refers to marriage as a holy union, a living symbol between husband and wife and he compared it to the unbreakable covenant relationship between Christ and his Church.  Marriage is a covenant.

So, I encourage you to ponder this word “covenant” and pray for the grace to remain committed to your spouse until death do you part.

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Mike Carlton Writer

Mike Carlton was born in Buffalo, NY. He married his college sweetheart Laurie and has six children. They were married in Ohio in 1991 and live in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. He is the son of the former NFL football star Wray Carlton. Mike currently works as the Global Vice President of MiMedx, a worldwide orthopedic biologics company in medical devices.

He graduated in 1989 from Miami University, Oxford OH with a B.S degree in Marketing and studied in the M.B.A program at Xavier University, Cincinnati OH. He earned an archdiocesan Catechetical Teaching Certificate for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2003.

Mike was raised Presbyterian and converted to the Catholic Church in 2002. In 2003, he started the apologetics ministry called “Why Catholic” at his parish, St. Peter Chanel, Roswell GA. In addition, Mike and Laurie help start, with Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, MAC “Marriages Are Covenants”, a ministry outreach program of the Integrated Catholic Life for married couples. He has been interviewed on the Sacred Heart Radio Program, the “Deep in Scripture” program on EWTN radio, and has been an invited guest on the “Journey Home” television program on EWTN. A popular speaker, Mike has given his conversion talk around the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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