Start of Lesson #127 … the  a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholicism

To be mailed around August 8th 2016

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

CCC 1602-1608 {Catechism of the Catholic Church}

 Credo of Christ’s faithful families (Sign here)

https://www.lifesitenews.com/petitions/credo-of-faithful-families

Credo of Christ’s faithful families:

  1. We believe that marriage was created by God and raised by Christ to the dignity of a Sacrament for the baptized. Marriage is, of its nature, a bond between one man and one woman, freely entered, faithful, indissoluble, and open to life.
  2. We believe that sexual intercourse is of its nature procreative and unitive, and exclusively reserved for marriage.
  3. We believe that the unchaste misuse of sexual intercourse is radically harmful to body, soul and civilization.
  4. We believe that due to our fallen nature we must safeguard chastity with custody of the eyes and modesty of dress and behaviour.
  5. We believe that children have the right to be conceived in the loving union of a husband and wife.
  6. We believe that parents, by virtue of their gift of life and love to their children, have the absolute primary right and non-renounceable duty to educate and protect them.
  7. We believe that human life must be protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

Because the happiness, freedom, salvation and very existence of our families and those of our children depend upon these God-given truths, we expect the Catholic hierarchy and Catholic institutions to teach them unanimously. We pledge to uphold these truths and stand against their being undermined by silence, ambiguity or falsehoods. END QUOTES

 ARTICLE 7: THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

1601 “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward {1} the good of the spouses {2} and the procreation and {3} education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament

My dear friends in Christ. It seems unlikely that the times in which we live may well be the most challenging times EVER for marriage as God intends it.

We face never before challenges of a Government intent on not only making eternal HELL a VERY real possibility; but even legislating it. L same sex “marriages”; {impossible!}; mandated open to ALL restrooms and Locker rooms; and a Pontiff VERY much in need of our daily prayers {3 hail-Mary’s suggested}, who because of his a lack of sufficient clarity in his recent Marriage Document has questioned the validly “of many of today’s marriages.” …. A Position NOT supported by the bible, Canon Law or even our Tradition. {Anyone seeking more information on this please contact me.}   

A Sacramental marriage {between a Catholics and either another Catholic OR another Baptized Christion of the opposite sex {gender}.

Christian Marriage

http://www.catholicessentials.net/christianmarriage.htm

Marriage, also known as the Sacrament of Matrimony, is defined as, “a contract between a man and a woman, both of whom are baptized and free to enter into the contract, to live together for the purpose of begetting and rearing children, and of cherishing one another in a common life. The ends of matrimony are, therefore, primarily the procreation and bringing up of children; secondarily, mutual support and affection and the satisfaction of desire.” (Definition from A Catholic Dictionary, 1951)
References in Scripture to Marriage:

  • “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32
  • “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them.” Colossians 3:18-19
  • “But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

There is even more information on the site just provided for anyone who desires more information.

Characteristics of a Sacramental Marriage include:

  1. Unable to be Dissolved  {Permanent for life}
  2. Requires that all sexual union be open to at-least the POSSIBILITY of life
  3. Demands raising all off spring informed as Catholics

 Marriage in the order of creation

1603 “The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage.” The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. “The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life

1604 God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love.    {Genesis 1:26-27}  Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator’s eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: “And God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.

1605 Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” The woman, “flesh of his flesh,” his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a “helpmate”; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been “in the beginning”: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

Marriage under the regime of sin

1606 Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation. This disorder can manifest itself more or less acutely, and can be more or less overcome according to the circumstances of cultures, eras, and individuals, but it does seem to have a universal character

That said;

God has promised us “sufficient” grace to merit our personal salvation IF, IF we are open to receive it…. Our goad MUST be to permit God to be in charge. Karen and I just recently celebrated our 49th Wedding anniversary. An accomplishment ONLY made possible by God’s grace. {She’s WELL on the road to sainthood!} J

1607 According to faith the disorder we notice so painfully does not stem from the nature of man and woman, nor from the nature of their relations, but from sin. As a break with God, the first sin had for its first consequence the rupture of the original communion between man and woman. Their relations were distorted by mutual recriminations; their mutual attraction, the Creator’s own gift, changed into a relationship of domination and lust; and the beautiful vocation of man and woman to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth was burdened by the pain of childbirth and the toil of work

1608 Nevertheless, the order of creation persists, though seriously disturbed. To heal the wounds of sin, man and woman need the help of the grace that God in his infinite mercy never refuses them. Without his help man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them “in the beginning.”

May God Bless and Guide you!

Patrick

END of Lesson #127 … the  a-A, b-B, c-C’s of Catholicism

To be mailed around August 8th 2016

ARTICLE 7: THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

CCC 1602-1608

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