Self-study and reflection is a good and necessary practice in Christian life and remote marriage preparation. Doing so as an engaged couple already sets you on a path of a mature conjugal spirituality. In the Catholic Church, it remains ideal and necessary to prepare for marriage in community, i.e. together with your parish priest/deacon, religious and lay marriage ministers, and/or other married and engaged couples. In addition, most marriage preparation programs include self-study and reflection. If however you seek additional avenues for growth before, during and beyond your engagement, you might consider the options below.