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56. Spiritual Relationship as Impediment

1 & 2. Spiritual relationship is a bond arising, by churchlaw, from the administering and receiving of the sacrament ofbaptism. It exists between the person baptizing and the personbaptized, and also between the sponsors and the person baptized,but not between one sponsor and the other sponsor. It is a dirimentimpediment of marriage.

3. In an older day it was commonly considered that aspiritual relationship could arise from standing sponsor atconfirmation, and even from giving catechetical instructions. Butthe Church has definitely settled the matter, as explainedabove.

4. The spiritual relationship of a godfather to the personbaptized does not pass to his wife so as to make her also aspiritual relative of the person for whom her husband stoodsponsor. The same is to be said of a godmother and her husband.

5. Nor does spiritual relationship pass to the children ofa sponsor.

"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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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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