Shelley and Daniel Ee (centre) with other members of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

Attending the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, was a most inspiring experience for Singaporean couple Daniel and Shelley Ee.

“It was wonderful to see single people, youth, silver-haired couples, grandparents and couples with young children all gathered for this WMOF,” said the couple in an email to Catholic News.

“There was excitement and eagerness to learn from the many speakers and panel sessions, to be united at the Eucharist, to give thanks as a community.”

Daniel and Shelley, who are the Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s global leaders, were specially invited by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin to be one of three couples to speak at a session titled When Plates Fly – Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life on Aug 23.

The couples were each given about eight minutes to speak on the reality of love experienced by families in everyday life.

“We spoke about how after the initial romance stage, couples enter into some kind of disillusionment with each other and what attracted us now became a source of irritation,” said the Ees in their email.

They shared how Marriage Encounter helps couples to communicate “at the heart level” and also gave examples of how they made the decision and commitment to love one another despite challenges.

The couple also spoke at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Ireland meeting on Aug 24, a WMOF fringe event, where they dwelt on how the Marriage Encounter weekends had spread to 94 countries and regions, including China, Cuba, Siberia and Haiti.

The World Meeting of Families is a major international Church event held every three years. Its purpose is to bring together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of people’s lives, of society and of the Church. The recent meeting was held from Aug 21-26.

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