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Sunday, February 12, 2006
World Marriage Day

Today is World Marriage Day, celebrated the 2nd Sunday of February. This is an important day for us not just to stand up for the sanctity of marriage, but understand the importance of this vocation. Marriage is a life-long vocation. And, just as a priestly vocation requires prayers, only a marriage rooted in faith and pray will last.

The Theme for Today's celebration comes from John 15:12 "Love One Another".

The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1613- On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign—at his mother's request—during a wedding feast.105 The Church attaches great importance to Jesus' presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ's presence.

1614 - In his preaching Jesus unequivocally taught the original meaning of the union of man and woman as the Creator willed it from the beginning: permission given by Moses to divorce one's wife was a concession to the hardness of hearts.106 The matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble: God himself has determined it: "what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder."107

1616 - This is what the Apostle Paul makes clear when he says: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her," adding at once: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church."110

1641 - "By reason of their state in life and of their order, [Christian spouses] have their own special gifts in the People of God."147 This grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple's love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they "help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children."148

These are just excerpts of the Cathechism's words on the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please see the CCC through this link for the full opinion of the Church on this sacrament.


del_button February 12, 2006 at 3:10 PM
Hector said...

I did not know about this. Let me go see my wife and congratulate her on our day! :) God bless!

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