Posted by admin on June 24, 2012
Under the Mosaic Law, the Almighty distinctly announced the dignity and obligation of the holy state of matrimony. Afterwards under the Christian law, our Divine Redeemer sanctified the state still more and from the natural and civil contract raised matrimony to the dignity of a sacrament.
And St Paul declared it to be a representation of that sacred union which Jesus Christ has formed with the Church, as spouse. The church is nothing other than the family of God. It is the community of life and love of a Christian family which constitutes the church in a particular home.
For Catholics, let it be known that the Sacrament of Matrimony has three (3) essential properties; unity, indissolubility and openness to life.
Unity. Unity or monogamy that a spouse cannot marry more than one person at the same time. Polygamy, the state of having more than one spouse, is contrary to conjugal love which is by nature undivided and exclusive. In St Mathew 19:5 states, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh”.
Indissolubility. A marriage valid and consummated cannot be dissolved by any human authority but by death. In St Mathew 19:6 states: “What God has joined together, no human being must separate.” But, the present, between Christian spouses the church allows separation for very serious reasons but the state of divorce is forbidden.
Openness to Life. This gives sanctity to the conjugal act and sexual intimacy and not to the carnal desire to satisfy the needs of the flesh. This means that the spouses should procreate and educate children according to the will of God. Referring to a reading in Genesis 1:28,”Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it,” is the essential end of marriage. Hence, no one should be without a family in this world. Children are the supreme gift of marriage and they contribute greatly to the good of the parents themselves. Spouses to whom God has not granted children can nevertheless still have a conjugal life full of meaning by engaging in charity, hospitality and sacrifice.
These are what make a couple as one in the mystical grace of matrimony. Granting inwardly of one heart and one mind, paying due honor to each other, united in love to the Lord Jesus Christ and to each other; living together in peace and holiness, as faithful members of the Catholic Church; denying ourselves and being a mutual help, comfort and support to each other all the days of marriage life.