A marriage—after domestic violence

How one couple overcame spousal abuse.

The Radio Edition of the Christian Science Sentinel spoke recently with Joyce and Paul Marin, a couple from Emmaus, Pennsylvania, whose marriage was nearly torn apart by domestic violence. The Marins shared with us their efforts to overcome this difficulty and discussed the solid foundation on which their union now stands. They credit their healing and the ongoing strength of their relationship to prayer and the spiritual lessons they've learned from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Paul Marin: I grew up in a very, very violent home. My father was a blackout drinker and was very abusive. Also, in the culture where I grew up, a man could have one of two feelings: anger or rage.

For years I thought that I had forgiven my father, and maybe I had, but I hadn't forgotten. And not forgetting kept the resentment alive. I was constantly reliving my anger toward him. Unfortunately, Joyce was the recipient of that anger.

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Healing abuse
April 27, 1998

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