Welcome to this short online course about Marriage and the Common Good

In this module we explore understandings of relational poverty and the ways in which we, the People of God, are called to relieve these forms of injustice, in the service of God and in the service of human dignity. It may seem odd to talk about relational poverty as an injustice but we will examine some of the thinking behind the idea during this module

Aims and Objectives for Module 1

  1. What do we mean by relational poverty and why is it important to the People of God?
  2. Understand the attitudes towards Marriage in today’s society  from a socioeconomic perspective
  3. Identify the human, psychological and personal significance of marriage and how societal trends and economic pressures affect this.
  4. What Catholic Social Thought tells us about persons and the Common Good
  5. How we serve the Common Good through our attentiveness to marriage, family and to relationships within society



Isaiah 58: 6-9

“Is this not the sort of fast that pleases me?

-it is the Lord Yahweh who speaks-

to break unjust fetters

and undo the thongs of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and break every yoke,

to share your bread with the hungry,

and shelter the homeless poor

to clothe the man you see to be naked

and not turn from your own kin?

Then will your light shine like the dawn

and your wound be quickly healed over.

Your integrity will go before you

and the glory of Yahweh behind you.


Throughout this module you are invited to reflect on your own response to what you are encountering and what it means to you, especially in your journey in faith. You will therefore need a notebook or journal to record your thoughts as you progress through the following pages and complete the reflective activities provided.

Before you begin please complete this short preliminary evaluation form.

If you enjoy this module please do look at the five other short courses in this series In Service of Marriage and Relationships: a course for equipping and resourcing lay people.