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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.

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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