Sharing responsibilities in marriage

Coming to grips with changing roles of men and women can sometimes be a challenge to contemporary marriage and family. Each couple has to come to its own solution. But are there some universal truths that show how to establish a unity and nourish love and individual growth?

This statement from the chapter "Marriage" in Science and Health points to some. Mrs. Eddy writes, "Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness. The masculine mind reaches a higher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength through masculine qualities. These different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong. The attraction between native qualities will be perpetual only as it is pure and true, bringing sweet seasons of renewal like the returning spring." Science and Health, p. 57.

How can spirituality help a marriage survive today's pressures? In a conversation with the Sentinel, Bob and Alice Shepherd, a couple whose roles in marriage have been a little different from most, told of ways spiritual truths have helped them. Alice is now vice-president for finance of a manufacturing firm, and Bob is a Christian Science practitioner.

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A lasting union
June 9, 1986

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