Certificates from the Archdiocese of Portland for couples married 25, 50 and 60 or more years cover a table at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 9. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
Certificates from the Archdiocese of Portland for couples married 25, 50 and 60 or more years cover a table at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Feb. 9. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)

 

The threat of snow did not keep Glynn and Mary Alice Roberson and a dozen other couples away from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland for a Feb. 9 Mass celebrating marriage.

The Robersons, wed 62 years ago at St. Rose of Lima Church in Northeast Portland, were the longest-married pair to attend the Mass.

“We are so grateful for such a happy life,” Mary Alice said in a conversation after the liturgy.

“My wife makes sure we never take an argument to bed,” said Glynn, a retired dentist. “She always makes sure we work things out.”

The Robersons, members of The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland, say a key in marriage is sustaining friendship and sharing that life with other married couples.

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith presided at the marriage Mass and delivered a homily. When we get to know Jesus better, we see ourselves more clearly and see where we are supposed to serve; nowhere is that truer than in married life, he said.

Bishop Smith — who is part of the People of Praise, a Christian community that includes many married couples — heard of a man who cared for his dying wife after many decades of marriage. The man had to turn his bedbound wife frequently to prevent bedsores, and the movement was painful for her. Not in her right mind, she berated him for moving her. But the husband endured, knowing it was for the best and would prevent greater pain.

A pastor observed the situation and urged the man to call on memories of good times as a way to feel better. The husband responded that it was in the beside care that he had shown his purest moments of love in the marriage. 

“Thank the Lord that he has been present in so many moments,” Bishop Smith said.

One prayer during the Mass said, “For all married couples, that their love may be an image of God.”