BaptismMarch 2, 2017
The Ten CommandmentsMarch 4, 2017
In the beginning God created them male and female and asked that they multiply and fill the earth and subdue it (Gen 1:28). Marriage thus is a covenant through which this is achieved by which a man and woman established between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by it nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of off- springs and which has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of the sacrament between the baptized (CIC 1015 §1). Like the other six sacraments of the Church, marriage is a sign or symbol which reveals the Lord Jesus and through which his divine life and love are communicated. In a sacramental marriage, God’s love becomes present to the spouses in their total union and also flows through them to their family and community. By their permanent, faithful and exclusive giving to each other, symbolized in sexual intercourse, the couple reveals something of God’s unconditional love.
The sacrament of Christian marriage involves their entire life as they journey together through the ups and downs of marriage and become more able to give to and receive from each other. Catholic teaching holds that sacraments bring grace to those who receive them with the proper disposition. Grace is a way of describing how God shares the divine life with us and gives us the help we need to live as followers of Christ. In marriage, the grace of this sacrament brings to the spouses the particular help they need to be faithful and to be good parents.