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51. Error as an Impediment to Marriage

1. An error concerned with the persons or the particularsof a marriage is a lack of knowledge in one or both of the partiesto the contract, and therefore it is a hindrance to consent; forconsent is a knowing acceptance of a situation; one cannotenter upon a free agreement without sufficient knowledge.

2. Yet an error which can render a marriage void must bean error in essentials. If a man marries the wrong twin,being assured deceivingly that it is the right one, there is nomarriage. But if a man marries a woman who has falsely informed himabout her age, or fortune, or nationality, the marriage stands.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
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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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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