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46. Consent Under Special Aspects

1. We have seen that marriage consent cannot be expressedin the future tense; the spouses must accept each other here andnow when they utter their consent. This is so even if an oath isadded to the words of promise. For a promise, with or without anadded oath, expresses what has not yet happened. A marriage happensat the moment consent is given and expressed.

2. A consent to future marriage, even with an oath, andeven if followed by carnal use or marital rights, does not make atrue marriage.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"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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"God speaks to us without ceasing by his good inspirations."
The Cure D'Ars

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