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Fiat Couples Groups Go Online During Quarantine

May 9, 2020 5:51 pm

Greetings to everyone during this time of quarantine!

We hope and pray everyone reading this is well. We continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and all those struggling in any way due to it.

In the meantime, we thought we would share that some of our Fiat Couple’s Groups have still been meeting during the quarantine via online platforms.

Our group has now met twice. We were also blessed to be able to join our old group in Boston as well and we look forward to a second gathering with them coming up soon.

If you are part of a current Fiat Couple’s Group or are interested to start one, please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to talk about doing it online. If you are part of a group that is meeting online, let us know.

I can’t tell you what a grace it’s been for us to pray together and stay connected with great couples in our community! It has been nice to see how easily the meetings are adaptable to online. The only thing we really miss with each of these online gatherings is the potluck meal. Other than that, they seem to work as normal! It truly has been great just to be together, even if online, to hear how everyone is doing and to pray together!

I also thought I would share that our local Fiat Group surprised us with a “drive by” for Stephen’s birthday. I wanted to share that to illustrate how close our Fiat Group has become over the years. They are the ones we are blessed to journey with together in good times and in bad and who fill our lives with great joy.

The drive by reminded me of a quote, written by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen, OCD in Bread that is Broken, Ignatius Press 2020, p. 75. It speaks of the gift of “shared joy” and if it inspires you to start a Fiat Couple’s Group, we are more than happy to talk with you. We also have information about what they are and how to start one online here: Fiat Couples Groups.

“God has revealed the mystery of the Trinity, among other reasons, to help us understand that life is only real life if it is shared with others. Authentic life is always shared life. ‘Sein ist mit-sein’ (Martin Heidiger, 1189-1976). ‘Shared joy is double joy’, according to a familiar saying. Perhaps it is more correct to say: Only shared joy is real joy.”


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