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43. Betrothal

1. A betrothal is a promise of future marriage. It is nota marriage, but a pledge or promise of marriage.

2. It is possible for a betrothal to be contracted for achild who has at least some understanding of a contract, eventhough he be unable to make a contract of his own accord.{-The Church urges pastors and parents to use alleffort to avoid and prevent any sort of nuptial agreement orpromise before the parties are themselves old enough to marry.-}

3. A betrothal is a contract, but not an indissoluble one.It can be dissolved by the mutual consent of the parties it binds;or by the fact of one party's entering religion; or by oneparty's marrying another than the betrothed; and also in otherways. If the betrothal has been formally made as a religious rite,it should not be dissolved without appeal for the judgment of theChurch.

"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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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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