"It's really an on-ramp" to stronger communities and marriages, Mary Rose said.
With many churches around the country closed, it is critical that Catholic families at home rediscover the importance of the "domestic church," the Verrets told CNA.
"The altar in the church doesn't really make sense to families if they're not really having an experience at their own kitchen table," Ryan said.
And the "Be Light" series aims to galvanize families to rediscover their baptismal vocation.
"We have to help marriages understand that they are the light. They are the light that's going to draw people back," Mary Rose said. "It's not just Father or Deacon's job to do evangelization."
The current conditions offer a limited-time-opportunity for couples and parishes to connect and form deeper bonds, they said. Once quarantines lift and society reopens, the window now open for a kind of intensive focus and development could close.
"If they [parishes] don't sort of seize an opportunity to kind of distinguish themselves," Ryan said, "then it's going to be a breaking point. People are going to disconnect permanently."
The five-step "Be Light" process will be released again starting in June, with a new date night released each month for five months.
The five steps are "belong, believe, become, beatitude, and be light." They cover five years' worth of material, Ryan explained, as couples are statistically more likely to divorce within the first five years of marriage.
Each step will provide couples a building block, hopefully strengthening their bond to a point where they can serve as a light to other married couples.
The process begins with "belong," as married couples who have left secular lifestyles first need to "belong" to a community, Ryan explained. Then the couples receive catechetical formation to help them "believe", leading them towards an experience of conversion ("become"), as they learn how to live the Sermon on the Mount ("beatitude"), and see themselves as missionaries ("be light").
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The best way to advance through the process is "with other couples," Mary Rose said. "It's in community and in relationships that we grow."
Matt Hadro was the political editor at Catholic News Agency through October 2021. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.