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61. Solemn Vows as Impediment

1. A person who has contracted marriage validly (and thushas had his marriage ratified) and has also performed themarital act (thus making the ratified marriage aconsummated marriage) is bound to the married state oflife, and cannot, without the free consent of his spouse, leave itto enter religion and take solemn vows in an order.

2. Yet if the marriage is ratified only, and notconsummated, a spouse may leave it and enter religion, takingsolemn vows, whether the other spouse consents or not. For untilmarriage is consummated, only a spiritual bond exists between thespouses; by consummation, a carnal bond is established, and thespouses are thenceforth really two in one flesh, Now, a purelyspiritual bond may be dissolved by the spiritual death which aperson undergoes in dying to the world by taking solemn vows inreligion. But the carnal bond is not dissolved so.

3. When a spouse, after a ratified but not consummatedmarriage, takes solemn vows in religion, the other spouse is freeto marry anew. Yet all this must be subjected to the ecclesiasticalcourt for examination, judgment and official declaration of thefree status of the abandoned spouse. Otherwise, a new marriage isnot lawful.

"God speaks to us without ceasing by his good inspirations."
The Cure D'Ars

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"Does our conduct correspond with our Faith?"
The Cure D'Ars

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