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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.

"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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