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52. Slavery as an Impediment

1. The condition of a slave prevents him from rightlyfulfilling the duties of marriage. For a slave has not free controlof his person, and therefore cannot properly transfer that controlto another. Still, if a person knows that the other party is aslave, and marries him none the less, the marriage is valid.

2. And indeed, since, as St. Paul says (Gal. 3:2, 28),"In Christ Jesus . . . there is neither bond nor free," aslave has as much right to marry as a freeman.

3. A husband who sells himself into slavery does not, bythis fact, break his marriage. For nothing that happens after atrue and valid marriage is contracted can dissolve it.

4. Various human customs and civil laws prevail about thechildren of a father who is a slave. It seems most reasonable tosay that, on the score of freedom or bondage, the children inheritthe condition of the mother. {-This discussion is nowirrelevant.-}

"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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"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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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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