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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.-}

"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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