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53. Vows and Orders as Impediments

1. A simple vow which is in conflict with thestate and duties of marriage is a prohibiting impediment, but doesnot annul a marriage. However, a person with such a simple vow sinsby marrying unless he has first obtained dispensation from his vowat the hands of the proper ecclesiastical authorities.

2. A solemn vow of chastity in a religious orderor congregation is adiriment impediment of matrimony. Oncethe vow is formally taken, it renders a subsequent marriageinvalid.

3. A man who has received subdeaconship has solemnly takenupon himself the obligation of celibacy. Therefore, he cannotthereafter contract a valid marriage. In some Eastern rites, amarried man can be ordained; but it is a general ecclesiastical lawthat no ordained man can (after subdeaconship) enter the marriedstate.

4. The fact that a true marriage exists does notnecessarily bar a man from sacred orders. If the wife dies, or ifshe freely consents to release her husband permanently from themarital obligation, the husband can be ordained; he receives withhis ordination to subdeaconship the obligation of perfect andperpetual celibacy.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love 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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