Last week Prince William and Katherine tied the knot. I am one of the insensitive, sleepy slobs who slept right through it. That doesn’t mean that I was immune to the endless hours of obsessive media marveling. The poor couple (they knew it would be this way) has been analyzed, digested, critiqued, commended and criticized.
I don’t know if Catholic or British marriage vows are typically different from the standard lines repeated in a Protestant wedding in the United States. However, the vows that Prince William and Katherine exchanged were unique. I particularly loved the William’s promise to, “with my body, I honor thee.”
I am sure that he spoke with the utmost sincerity, as most brides and grooms do on their wedding day. I pray that his integrity and commitment see him through the challenges of marriage until death parts them.
It is difficult to find up-to-date statistics about the divorce rate in either the U.S. or the U.K. Nearly every site I checked offered different numbers, with data only as current as 2009. The common belief is that 50% of marriages end in divorce. With slight variations, all my sources agreed that 50% isn’t far off.
Our commitment to vows said at the alter is directly indicative of the value we place on our word, honesty and the truth as a society. How can we honestly preach to our children, “Tell the truth!” when half of generations X and Y can expect to see their parents disregard their most sacred promise when they just aren’t happy anymore?