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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."

"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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

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"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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