Marriage is an incredibly beautiful, powerful gift. God created us out of love in his image. His very being is love, and he calls us to love through relationships. Marriage is not just a relationship between a man and a woman. It is so much more than that because Christ has elevated marriage to a SACRAMENT. This means that marriage is a tangible, visible sign that reveals the Lord and his invisible, unfailing, perfect love. God created marital love to be a light that reflects Christ’s faithful, total, free, and fruitful love to spouses, families, and the world.
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Someone had asked the question:
“The frustration caused by not being able to have children, leads, at times, to discord and misunderstanding. In your opinion, what meaning should Christian couples who are childless give to their married life?”
Saint Josemaria Escriva answers brilliantly. Here’s some highlights:
“Often God does not give children because He is asking them for something more…
There is, then, no reason for feeling they are failures…
If the married couple have interior life, they will understand that God is urging them to make their lives a generous Christian service, a different apostolate from the one they would have fulfilled with their children, but an equally marvelous one…
God, who always rewards, will fill with a deep joy those souls who have had the generous humility of not thinking of themselves.”
What matters is your daily living of your marriage vows— your daily “I do” to your spouse and to God.
Marriage is a vocation, a call from God, and “the vocation to love is in fact a vocation to the gift of self, and this is a possibility that no physical condition can prevent.” -Pope B-16
“…a different apostolate… but an equally marvelous one.”
Marriage is a path to holiness. And guess what? Everyone’s path is going to be unique.
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Pope Paul VI predicted grave consequences that would arise from the widespread and unrestrained use of contraception. He warned, “Upright men can even better convince themselves of the solid grounds on which the teaching of the Church in this field is based if they care to reflect upon the consequences of methods of artificially limiting the increase of children. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men—especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point—have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion” (HV 17).
No one can doubt the fulfillment of these prophetic words. They have all been more than fulfilled in this country as a result of the widespread availability of contraceptives, the “free love” movement that started in the 1960s, and the loose sexual morality that it spawned and that continues to pervade Western culture.
Indeed, recent studies reveal a far greater divorce rate in marriages in which contraception is regularly practiced than in those marriages where it is not. Experience, natural law, Scripture, Tradition, and the magisterium, all testify to the moral evil of contraception.
The Church has always maintained the historic Christian teaching that deliberate acts of contraception are always gravely sinful, which means that it is mortally sinful if done with full knowledge and deliberate consent (CCC 1857). This teaching cannot be changed and has been taught by the Church infallibly.
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“Love that leads to marriage is a gift from God and a great act of faith toward other human beings.”
It’s no surprise that the sacred institution of marriage is in shambles because of the attempts to redefine it to include any people who think they love each other. Marriage can only exist between a man and woman, and through this sacramental covenant, we become living witnesses of Trinitarian unity. The expression of marital love reflects God’s love through the conjugal act, which represents communion among God and each spouse. There is no higher representation of love between a couple than when they commit their lives to each other until death.
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“The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together.” – St. John Chrysostom
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Consider the latest statistics regarding teenage obesity and diabetes. They are quite alarming and we should be taking them very seriously. Teaching our children to value their physical bodies as temples to the Holy Spirit means teaching our children proper eating, exercising, and resting habits. Knowledge is power and when we give our children the knowledge of proper diet, nutrition, and physical safety we are empowering them to care for the temple that God has given them.
“The parents’ mission to educate their children in the faith stems from the sacraments. When they teach the faith at home, it is the Church that is teaching. Their home is the domestic Church. Besides being a duty, it is a right…”
“The purpose of marriage is to help married people sanctify themselves and others. For this they receive a special grace in the sacrament which Jesus Christ instituted. Those called to the married state will, with the grace of God, find within their state everything they need to be holy, to identify themselves each day more with Jesus Christ, and to lead those with whom they live to God.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá
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A question to St. Josemaría Escrivá:
“Father, what is your advice to a newlywed couple seeking holiness?”
“First, love each other very much, in accordance with God’s law. Second, don’t be afraid of life; love each other’s defects as long as they don’t offend God; and, for the wife: don’t neglect the way you look, because you’re no longer your own! You’ve been told, and you know it’s true, that you belong to your husband, and he belongs to you. Don’t let anyone steal him from you!
He is a soul who should go to Heaven with you, and what’s more, who should give real Christian quality, and human quality, to the children God sends you. Pray together. Not a lot, but a little every day. When you forget, he can remind you, and when he forgets, you remind him. Don’t scold him when he does something wrong, and don’t nag.”
-St. Josemaría, Colegio Tabancura, Chile, July 1974
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Father Michael Sliney LC talks about knowing your spouses love language and in the next video about spousal honesty on “friendship.”
Marriage is the “foundation for the family, where children learn the values and the virtues that will make good Christians as well as good citizen.” Via @usccb & @frmichaelsliney 🕊
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Marriage derives from the Latin maritare, “to join together. It relates to another Latin word, mas, which means “male.” Wed comes ultimately from an Indo-European root for “pledge.” Matrimony stems from the Latin roots for “the condition of motherhood.”
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“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” -Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living