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Marriage and Family Matters

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Brianna Chambers

on 10 January 2014

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Marriage and Family Matters
In what ways do family and community contribute to the common good?
Family contributes to the common good by bringing new lives into the world, and making our society stronger. When a man and woman decide to have a family, and have children, how they raise their children is very important to improving the community, and society. Family is where the first ethical and moral training takes place. This makes sure strong, and good people are raised, and so they will further help our world. Community brings different families together, making bonds between different classes, or races of people sturdier. These communities coming together in this way makes different families work together to achieve the best they can. This may be helping those who are not fortunate, or being kinder to people in general. The people that are around us as we get older help us to be who we are, and help us find our vocation or calling in life. As we get older, we are influenced by the people around us, which helps us realize what our vocation in life is to be. Being around strong families may lead a person to being married, and having a family of their own. Being raised in a single parent house hold may influence someone to remain single in their life. This all contributes to the common good because everyone will find their place in our society. No one will be unsure of where they stand, they will be confident in whatever life they have chosen for them by God, and will help further they lives of the people around them and the well being of society.

Theology of the Body for Teens
In Search of the Good
Natural Family Planning
Of what importance is marriage in society?
Marriages create bonds between members and groups in society, that are strong and lasting. Each marriage is a new social cell in society, bringing people together and making society stronger. These new social cells create stable family relations which are the most important human relationship in society. The bond created between a couple when they enter the sacrament of marriage is a stable environment, which is suitable to raise their children in, making society stronger. These stable relationships are important in society because they help society grow as a whole, and the social order is maintained through these relationships.

Free Love
Free love is a love that is completely void of manipulation. You choose to love because you want to love, not because someone else is forcing you to love. You give your whole self without limitations, and don't hold anything back from the person you are giving your free love to.Free love means being selfless and helping those who are around you, and not thinking solely about yourself.
Faithful Love
Total Love
Free love involves total commitment. This commitment guides every feeling, and action that takes place. Every promise you make, is kept because of this commitment. No matter how the circumstances may change, the promises and commitments you made will always be retained. In a faithful love you do everything you can for the one person you have committed yourself to. You help them with whatever they need and can always be trusted to be there or them. By being faithful to another person you live for them, and by giving them all you have you are faithful to them. In marriage you are called to be completely faithful to one person, this is called fidelity. Fidelity has the overall goal of accepting the integration of another into your own life. and calls you to be trusting, loyal, and faithful
The four types of love
This love holds nothing back, there are no strings attached. You are giving your entire self to another person. You give every part of your being to another person, without limitations, "total self donation". By giving yourself to another person, you start worrying about their feelings, and thoughts and putting them before your own. Their needs come first to your own, and are the most important thing to you. Being entirely attached to one person helps you to be less selfish and think about someone else as though they are a part of you.
Fruitful Love
This type of love has the purpose of giving life. Fruitful love encompasses all four of the different types of love, other than being fruitful is is also faithful, total, and free as well. This love is open to procreation physically so new life will be made. It is also life giving spiritually and emotionally.
"..it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself to me." -Galatians 2:20
This passage explains the meaning behind this love. How you need to commit yourself to God so you can have faithful, fruitful, total, and free love.

The catholic church does not believe in the use of contraceptives, and so has condemned them from being used. The legalization of contraceptives in 1969 loosened the connection between the procreative and unitive meaning of marriage. Contraceptives also caused more people to have sex outside of marriage, and sexual activity became more about recreation then procreation as it is meant to be. The view of the Church is that couples must stay open to life when thinking of having a family, and must plan the timing for when they will attempt to have children, and when the children will come in to the world. They must assess the quality of life their child would be brought up in (the conjugal and family environment), this includes their physical well being, financial state, and psychological resources. This ensures that all of their children will be brought up in loving and caring homes. Family planning processes are based on a set of values. The church believes that natural family planning express the complete union between a man and woman in the procreative potential in sexual intercourse in marriage. Because of this, the Church views natural family planning as the morally acceptable choice, rather than contraceptives. Natural family planning is a method whereby a married couple adapts their sexual relations to the rhythms of the woman's fertility cycle.
2364 The married couple forms "the intimate partnership of life and love established by the Creator and governed by his laws; it is rooted in the conjugal covenant, that is, in their irrevocable personal consent."146 Both give themselves definitively and totally to one another. They are no longer two; from now on they form one flesh. the covenant they freely contracted imposes on the spouses the obligation to preserve it as unique and indissoluble.147 "What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder."148
This section from the Catechism of the Catholic Church establishes the basis of the 4 types of love. It states that a married couple are committed to each other fully and they choose to love one another, without being forced. It also says that a couple gives every part of themselves to one another, and not holding anything back from being fully in love. When a couple gets married they become one person, devoid of selfish feelings, caring completely for someone else, as much as themselves.
By: Brianna Chambers
2206 The relationships within the family bring an affinity of feelings, affections and interests, arising above all from the members' respect for one another. the family is a privileged community called to achieve a "sharing of thought and common deliberation by the spouses as well as their eager cooperation as parents in the children's upbringing."11
This section from the Catechism of the catholic church helps us understand how family and community contribute to the common good because it reinforces the fact that strong families and communities raise dedicated, and respectable children, that are beneficial to the future of our society. By Helping others, and not only caring for ourselves, we are contributing to the common good by being better people. and teaching other to also be better, and more caring people, therefore making our world a better, more caring place.
2207 The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. the family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.
This section from the Catechism of the Catholic further explains how important marriage is in making our society prosperous. The stability and freedom of relationships makes the society we live in stable as well. Family life helps young people know how to act in society, and how to help make it better.

2208 The family should live in such a way that its members learn to care and take responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped, and the poor. There are many families who are at times incapable of providing this help. It devolves then on other persons, other families, and, in a subsidiary way, society to provide for their needs: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world."12
The community and family help the common good by helping and caring for the needs of others according to this section from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We are raised in such a way that we are called to help others feel the safety and security we feel within our families.
2210 The importance of the family for the life and well-being of society13 entails a particular responsibility for society to support and strengthen marriage and the family. Civil authority should consider it a grave duty "to acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity."14
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