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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.

"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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