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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."

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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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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"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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