Charity * Chastity * Love * Faithfulness * Compassion * Mercy * Forgiveness * Obedience
Christian Marriage : A Definition
Marriage is a union by which a man and woman establish between themselves an intimate partnership for their whole lives, and which of its own nature is ordered to the well being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.
Christian marriage finds its origin in the story of Genesis where man and woman are created for one another and where their love is intended to be fruitful and realised in the common work of watching over creation.
Since God, who is himself love, created man and woman in his own image and likeness, the couples mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves mankind.
Because it is the consequence of a commitment to love, the union in marriage is established by free consent where the spouses mutually give and receive one another. Christ the Lord himself raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (Mt 19:3-6) and declared it indissoluble.
Family Life: A Definition
By its very nature the marriage covenant is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as the generation and education of children. The family therefore is formed by the natural consequence of this covenant love made fruitful and has as its primary task to be at the service of life.
The result is a community of persons whose unique relationship of love is intended to bring forth the fruits of a moral, spiritual and supernatural life. It is here that individuals are meant to grow and develop into life giving persons as they experience the joy of work, fraternal love, forgiveness, discipline, divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life.
Parents are the primary teachers by example of their own lives and the life of their relationships with God and each other.