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50. Impediments to Matrimony

1. What hinders or prevents a marriage between certain personsis called an impediment. Some impediments hinder marriage;they prevent it if it has not yet been contracted, yet do notdissolve it if it has already occurred. Other impedimentsabsolutely prevent marriage between the parties, thus making itimpossible for them to enter upon a valid contract of marriage, atleast without dispensation. The first type of impediment is calledprohibiting; the second type is called diriment.The word diriment means "utterlydestroying."

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

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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