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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.

"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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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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