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44. Definition of Matrimony

1. Matrimony is a joining. It unites spouses in the taskof begetting and rearing children, and it dedicates them to onecommon life.

2. Matrimony, as a word, derives from mater whichmeans mother, and, perhaps, from munus whichmeans duty. Matrimony is sometimes called nuptials; thisword comes from nubere which means to veil, forit was an ancient custom to veil the heads of spouses. Matrimonyconstitutes a man and wife as a conjugal society, and thisword comes from conjugium which means a pining,or a yoking.

3. Peter the Lombard describes matrimony as "themarital unionof a man and a woman, which involves theirliving together in undivided partnership."

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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