|Brother Steven Montez, O.M.I. recently told me about a wedding he observed at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville, Texas. Immediately, I knew I had to share it with you before St. Valentine’s Day.Marielisa Huerta and Andre Benavides had their perfect wedding planned for April 25. But when the Covid-19 pandemic began, everything went into disarray, especially when the reception venue had to cancel.
At the cathedral, Fr. Mike Amesse, O.M.I. was getting calls from couples wanting to push back their weddings. But when Marielisa and Andre called, they wanted just the opposite – to push up their wedding.
The couple explained that their love for one another superseded everything else. They didn’t need a packed cathedral or a big reception. They just needed each other. So Fr. Mike offered a suggestion: “How about you get married tomorrow?”
The next day, March 25, Marielisa and Andre got married in a nearly empty cathedral. In attendance were their parents, best man, maid of honor, Fr. Mike and Bro. Steven. As Marielisa walked down the vacant aisle, Andre teared up, and so did Bro. Steven.
“In the midst of all this darkness in the world, here was this couple who said, more than anything, ‘We want to be together,’” said Bro. Steven. “For me, they were a light in the darkness, and they reminded me just how important it is to be the light in the darkness for those we love.”
This St. Valentine’s Day, I ask that you be the “light in the darkness” for someone you love. Just follow these simple steps: