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  • celestialFortifying the Hearts of Women

    One Flesh

    Special Edition

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    04 EDITORS MESSAGE

    26 MY WIFE: PART ONE

    28 BOY WITH THE GREEN ROSARY: PART ONE

    30 BRIDES OF OLD

    64 WEDDING HAIR SECRETS

    65 REFLECTIONS OF LOVE

    76 DIY

    Inspiration How Tos78 LOVE FINDS A WAY

    81 FANCY A FONT?

    Free fonts for wedding planning85 MY WIFE: PART TWO

    87 BOY WITH THE GREEN ROSARY: PART TWO

    89 WEDDING MAKEUP TIPS

    90 WORDS TO THE WISE

    93 EVERLASTING LOVE

    95 MY WIFE: PART THREE

    96 BOY WITH THE GREEN ROSARY: PART THREE

    130 THE FRUIT OF MARRIAGE

    DEPARTMENTS

    ContentsSPECIAL EDITION | ONE FLESH

    Jaime + Jenny

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    40Is He Mr. Right?

    98

    48SPECIAL EDITION | ONE FLESH

    Daniel + Melyssa

    Seth + Brigid

    06 PROVIDENTIAL UNION

    12 HE WHISPERED IN MY EAR

    Jaime + Jenny40 IS HE MR. RIGHT?

    Jason Evert48 WILL YOU LET ME SERVE YOU?

    Seth + Brigid98 I WANT TO LEAD YOU TO HEAVEN

    Daniel + Melyssa

    FEATURES

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    was never the type of girl who dreamt of her wedding day, as most girls do. Yes, one day I did want to walk down the aisle and hear those wedding bells ring, but when it happened, it happened. With that, I never felt the pressure of not being married while my friends around me said their I dos. I knew that there was more to this happily ever after. Marriage is a serious step in life and I felt confident that God would lead me down that path (or should I say aisle!) when the time was right for me. It wasnt something to do just because everyone was doing it, as if it were a fad.

    I am so thankful that I took that outlook, as it brought me peace and trust in Gods plan for my life. The adventure that God took me upon was a love story between the two of us! My time of being single allowed me to be strengthened in Christ before giving myself to another. I recommend this to all women before they get married, to allow Christ to reveal to you who you are in His eyes and just bewith Him.

    The day did come when God finally brought a man into my life, a man worthy of my love. If you have read our previous issues of celestial, thenyou might have read the beginning of my love story and how it unfolded. We added those articles to this issue so that you may understand the story in its entirety. I, like many, have walked down the aisle dressed in white, giving myself to another to become One Flesh. This issue is a celestial Special Edition in jubilation of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Through this sublime sacrament, Christ has made me new.

    All things for Christ,

    Melyssa Campbell Founder/Editor-in-Chief

    editor@celestialmag.com

    message from the editor-in-chief

    He makes all things new

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    Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast

    asleep, He took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And the Lord

    God built the rib which He took from Adam into a woman: and brought

    her to Adam. And Adam said: This now is bone of my

    bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman,

    because she was taken out of man. Wherefore a man

    shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his

    wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.

    ~ Genesis 2: 21-24

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    Husbands and wives should live

    peacefully in their union of marriage;

    they should be mutually edifying to

    each other, pray for one another, bear

    patiently with one anothers faults,

    encourage virtue in one another by

    good example, and follow the holy

    and sacred rules of their state,

    remembering that they are the children

    of the saints and that, consequently,

    they ought not to behave like pagans,

    who have not the happiness of knowing

    the one true God.

    - St. John Marie Vianney

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    he whispered in my ear

    Jenny + Jaime26 29

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    he whispered in my ear

    Jenny + Jaime26 29

    J U N E 1 5 T H , 2 0 1 3SACRED HEART CHURCH CATSKILL, NEW YORKPATRON OF MARRIAGE:T H E H O L Y F A M I L Y

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    Brides of OldThe One

    when the one whose hand youre holding is the one who holds your heart

    when the one whose eyes you gaze into gives your hopes and dreams their start,when the one you think of first and last

    is the one who holds you tight,and the things you plan together

    make the whole world seem just right,when the one whom you believe in puts their faith and trust in you,

    youve found the one and only loveyoull share your whole life through.

    author unknown

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    ?IS HE Mr. Right

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    BYJason Evert

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    WILL YOU LET ME

    Serve YOU?

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    &26 & 27

    St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

    June 18, 2011

    Patron of Marriage: St. Gianna Molla

    Seth Brigid

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    We often hear stories about those couples, or at least of one of the spouses, who knew that they were destined to marry the second they saw one another. I always wondered if this was really possibleuntil it happened to me!

    At the start of 2008, I began attending Mass regularly as I was considering becoming Catholic. I must have toured the entire Diocese of San Diego trying to discern if there was a certain parish and/or priest that I was meant to enter into the Church with. No matter where I went, however, I couldnt get out of my mind that old Italian priest I once saw offer Mass. And so I ultimately decided to make the trip to Little Italy every Sunday for the 12pm Mass he celebrated.

    It was at one of those Masses that I first saw herthis woman holding her little nephew. I knew that she was my wife the second I laid eyes upon her. I saw a love, a beauty that I had never seen before. As I looked at her, I could see a love in her heart that even she had no idea that she had so beautiful, so intense, so caring, so tender. That was it I was in love and I knew that this was the woman God wanted me to lead to Heaven. I knew that she would be the most amazing mother and her husband a most blessed man. Could that really be me? Did God place this in my heart the very second I saw her? The two of them her and this little boy were so completely in love. She adored this nephew, I could tell. I knew she was not his mother, but I saw from the way that she was holding him just what kind of mother she would be.

    I now had even more reason to go to the 12pm Massin hopes that I would see her again! I sat in the same place in the same pew every single Sunday to be close to where she always sat. I went over and over in my head the ways that I could start a conversation with her, only to be too nervous to actually approach her. To thinkI even almost wrote her a note to ask her out.

    I then finally met Father Louis just before Easter and started receiving instruction from him to prepare for entering the Church. I had definitively realized that the Catholic Church was the one, true Church, and I needed to convert to enter into the fullness of Christianitys intellectual,

    by Daniel Campbell

    wifeMy

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    sacramental, moral, and spiritual life. Father Louis and I would meet from then on every few weeks until I received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist on August 31st. Each time we talked, I would go in with a number of questions scribbled on post-it-notes as they came to my head throughout the days. One of them was always to ask him about who this woman was, yet I could never bring myself to do so. He was the first priest Id had any substantial conversation with, and I didnt know if one could talk to priests about women! Little did I know that he would be the best possible person to talk to about such things! There is a modern notion that priests are not really in touch with the world, that they live such different lives from the ordinary person that they dont

    have much to say about the real world and cant truly relate to us. In reality, theres nobody better to talk to and who knows more than a priest who gives his life daily to serving those in the world.

    As the months went by, I continued to flounder in my attempts to talk to her or ask Father Louis anything. And yet, providentially, Father Louis himself brought her up at one of our meetings without me having ever talked to him about her. He told me that he had a girl that he needed to introduce me tothe very same one! The woman that I was in love with, that I knew was my wife, turned out to be the very same woman Fr. Louis started to talk about?!? To think that I had gone to him for instruction having always written down a reminder to ask

    him who this girl was, only to never follow through with it! And now he, on his own, was bringing her upI thought surely this must mean something if my priest wants to bring me to this woman. Everything that I already knew was being confirmed.

    Father Louis finally introduced us after Mass on August 24th, a full six months after I had first see