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The Vocation of Marriage
Transcript of The Vocation of Marriage
Is it just
"A piece of paper"? Definition of Marriage Sacrament What are the qualities that make a good wife or husband? “a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.
The Marriage Amendment Act 2004 A sacrament makes visible,
the invisible mystery of God. honesty
generous.... etc Secular Marriage Expected Benefits mutual companionship
stability for children is mutual happiness Purpose of secular marriage If marriage is for mutual happiness,
then if I'm unhappy,
the marriage must be... Problem with this attitude... What if marriage has a bigger purpose? Help the spouses grow in holiness
Nurture and education of children
Sacrament = witnesses to God's love Catholic Marriage
(Matrimony) "I baptise you in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Baptism Sacred word and Sacred gesture What's the sacred gesture? Washing with water Sacred Gesture of Baptism Symbolises... In baptism, we become a
son/daughter of God New birth Voluntary
Gender complementarity Failing! What is the Catholic understanding? What are the Sacred words? Matrimony Four essential qualities of married love Wedding Vows Freely given
Fruitful What is the Sacred Gesture? Sex says with the body, the words of the vows
Sex is a sacred body language - JPII Sex is the
Sacred Gesture What are we saying with our bodies when we make love? Sacred Body Language I freely give myself to you.
I give myself totally, all of me, and accept all of you.
I give myself to you and to you alone.
I give myself openly, fruitfully. Freely given | Total | Faithful | Fruitful Sacramental Gesture is not just a 'symbol', it is efficacious
ie it also brings it about. The One Flesh Union eg: Radioactive symbol 1. How do you rate on these qualities? 2. What are you doing to develop these qualities? 3. What is most important quality? A willingness to grow Takes time. You can't discover this on the first date! The Most Important Quality... 1. Slow it down! 2. Keep it chaste What are the sacred words? Relationship Tips 3. Focus on being the right person not finding the right person How does sex 'cause'
the one flesh union? Emotional (oxytocin)
Genetic (conception) How does the 'one flesh union' of the
married couple make God 'visible'? A sacrament makes visible
the invisible mystery of God Clues:
Genesis 1: 26-27
Ephesians 5: 21-33 Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; .....
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is head of the of the wife just as Christ is the head of the Church, the body of which he is the Saviour....
Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her....
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and the two will become one flesh".
This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the Church. Ephesians 5: 21-33 Sign of the Trinity
Sign of Christ-Church relationship One Flesh Union
Sacramental Sign >>> spiritual union