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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."

"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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