Lesson #4 – The Intimate Partnership

This lesson is delivered via a video platform.  Please watch the video below and then proceed to the quiz that follows.



Take a few moments to discuss the following with each other.

  1. Does the idea of “mutual self-donation” seem scary or intimidating in any way?  How might loving your partner more self-donatively challenge you to grow, stretch or change?
  2. Are there certain things your partner has asked you do for him/her that you have resisted, not because the request are immoral or demeaning, but just because the request challenges you to change in ways you would prefer not to?  What would it be like to try harder to say “yes” to this request?
  3. What do you think about the idea that the biggest problem facing marriage is that spouses tend to love their own comfort zones more than they love each other?  What would it look like for you to make a greater effort to love each other more than you love your own comfort zones?


For BetterFOREVER A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage.  Chapter 8-The Road To Intimacy.  Greg and Lisa Popcak.  Our Sunday Visitor.

The Exceptional Seven Percent: Nine Secrets of the Worlds Happiest Couples.  Chapter 5.  Exceptional Loving.  Greg Popcak.  Kensington Press

Marriage Building Video Series at CatholicCounselors.com