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41. Matrimony

1. Man is by nature both gregarious and political. And, asAristotle says (Ethic. viii 12), he is more stronglyinclined by nature to connubial society than to political society.In a word, man has not only a tendency (as all living bodies have)to propagate his kind, and (as herd animals do) to live with hiskind, he has a tendency to the stable unions of marriage,family, and state. Thus, marriage belongs to thedomain of the natural law. The conjugal union of marriage is aninstitution of nature.

2. The majority of men are called to this conjugal union,but it is not imposed upon each individual as a duty. That manyshould marry is necessary for the common good. Yet the same commongood requires that some should be devoted to the contemplativelife, to which marriage with its duties is a great obstacle.Besides, we have ample teaching in scripture of the excellence ofvirginity; chastity is one of the counsels of perfection. Hence,not all individuals are required to marry. The natural law isobserved if a sufficient number marry to maintain and propagate therace.

3. The conjugal act of man and wife is by no means sinful.Scripture (I Cor. 7:3) says: "Let the husband render the debtto his wife." The opinion that the marital action is sinful isboth mistaken and heretical.

4. The marital act rightly performed by man and wife is anact of virtue, and therefore is a meritorious act.

"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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