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42. Matrimony as a Sacrament

1. A sacrament is a sensible sign, instituted by Christ,to signify and confer grace. Matrimony meets the requirements ofthis definition. Hence, it is truly a sacrament.

2. Matrimony is instituted for the begetting of childrenaccording to God's providence and law. It was established fromthe beginning, before the fall of man, as a holy institution ofnature. It was raised to supernatural rank by our Lord when he madeit a sacrament.

3. Like every sacrament, matrimony confers grace uponthose who receive it worthily. It also confers the specialsacramental grace which helps the spouses to be faithful in theperforming of all their duties.

4. The actual use of marital action is not an integralelement in the sacrament of matrimony.

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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