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Marriage and Family

Religion 35

Jessica Hennelly

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family
Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful
Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful is in connection with the love Jesus was taught in the way His father desired Him to love. Love in a marriage or family unit is based upon both giving and receiving in the means of love that we try to imitate everyday within His image of a perfect love. 1653 "Conjugal love involves a totality, in which all the elements of the person enter - appeal of the body and instinct, power of feeling and affectivity, aspiration of the spirit and of will. It aims at a deeply personal unity, a unity that, beyond union in one flesh, leads to forming one heart and soul; it demands indissolubility and faithfulness in definitive mutual giving; and it is open to fertility. In a word it is a question of the normal characteristics of all natural conjugal love, but with a new significance which not only purifies and strengthens them, but raises them to the extent of making them the expression of specifically Christian values."
1643When a couple does not fulfill the covenant and conditions of marriage . In some cases this includes in one spouse intends to never have any offspring's and takes precautions to prevent having children without even telling their spouse. This would case the marriage to become void since it would be seen as going against marital vows. In the eyes of the church this is a rejection of the marriage covenant itself. In cases of divorce this does not make the marriage void but means that both partners is not free to remarry another person. A validly contracted marriage reminds indissoluble. Seeing how marriage is seen as a sacrament in Gods eyes, if you were to commit adultery not only would this be a violation of your marital vows but of one of the ten commandments. Adultery refers to marital infidelity. When two partners, of whom at least one is married to another party, have sexual relations - even transient ones - they commit adultery. Christ condemns even adultery of mere desire. The sixth commandment and the New Testament forbid adultery absolutely.The prophets denounce the gravity of adultery; they see it as an image of the sin of idolatry. Although when adultery happens one of the spouses is the innocent victim of a divorce decreed by civil law; this spouse therefore has not contravened the moral law. 2380 There is a considerable difference between a spouse who has sincerely tried to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage and is unjustly abandoned, and one who through his own grave fault destroys a canonically valid marriage.
A family is a place where you learn to never stop loving each other and how to love others in the community. "The family is the nucleus in which a person first learns human love and cultivates the virtues of responsibilities, generosity and fraternal concern. Strong families are built on the foundation of strong marriages. Strong societies are built on the foundation of strong families." (Bishop Frederick Henry)
The family entity itself creates a community of love and nurturing which provides the common good with a vision of a pure structure of love. In family units whatever the strengths or weaknesses, we learn about giving, forgiving and looking beyond ourselves to better those around us. "Christian families, whatever their condition are called to keep growing and maturing and to bear much fruit." (John 15.5)
A family is blessed with the compassion of Christ that is made present in the everyday gifts it brings fourth to society. Family brings virtues such as free, total, faithful and fruitfulness that provides the core to creating an unadulterated, pureness to the common good of every person in a community.
Marriage in Society
In Search of the Good Textbook
A Message from Bishop Fredrick Henry: On injustice against a Family.
Theology of the Body for Teens- Discovering God's plan for Love and Life.
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The ideals of marriage in society is of extreme importance. Not only in the marriage do the partners surrender themselves to each other; for the good of the partnership, offspring and society this sacred bond no longer relies on the couple itself but instead relies on the person who establish marriage; The Creator. Marriage is defined as an "intimate partnership of life and love." A new marriage creates a new social cell in the community that brings people together to celebrate God's amazing work and strengthens the unity among members of that said society. It creates a new form of relationship in society that is more important then any other relationship; a stable family relationship. God created marriage to be the building block of civilization and society.
"no longer two but one"
(Matthew 19.6)
And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
Hosea 2:19
“Marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman, publicly acknowledged, permanently sealed, and physically consummated.” ~ Selwyn Hughes
2201 The conjugal community is established upon the consent of the spouses. Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children. the love of the spouses and the begetting of children create among members of the same family personal relationships and primordial responsibilities. In both marriage and family matters there is a responsibility you need to make. These responsibilities include honestly, compassion, maturing within that unit, and to make a promise to always do right by your family. The commitment you have with your loved ones is one of support, education, intimacy of the conjugal and family life, stability, procreation, the right to bring up your child with the family's own traditional values (religion), right to expression, to protect minors and the right to emigrate as a family in search of a better life.
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." In both marriage and family people learn to care for others before themselves. It is based on the community more than the one. They are both images of Gods love for us and we try to show others the compassion and gifts he gives us in everyday life.
Social Cell
Marriage especially is seen as a new creation of a social cell in society. It helps to strengthen and bring together the community. The bond between husband and wife provides structure that will educate their kin and other people in the community to the importance of marriage and family. 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.
Vocation is a divine call to a way of life, such as the the married state, or to priestly or religious life, or to the single life. Both Marriage and family represent Gods everlasting love and compassion. He guides us to follow his calling to procreate and create building blocks for a community with ethics and morals. Within the family unit a person grows both spiritually and with maturity because the ability to nourish a family or marriage is the ability to discern their vocation in life.
Sacramental Covenant
Marriage is represented as an unconditional promise between two persons and two wills. Both family and a marriage unit represents a union of Christ and the Church.
"It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity and sanctifies them on the way of eternal life." (Ephesians 5.31-32)
Every sacrament is seen as the support and grace you give to your partner or kin that will help to strengthen and encourage them the surpass their own needs to help each other. The Holy Spirit is the heart of a couples communion and allows them to love each other as Christ has loved all humanity. Marriage and family is celebrated because within these units is the mission to fully express God in the world by offering pure love.

My Story of Marriage and Family
When I was 2 my little sister passed away in a car accident. This tragedy ripped apart my family in more ways then one. My mom became distressed and resorted to drinking and removing God from her life. A few years after this event when I was 5 my parents spit up and later got divorced. At first I was sad and confused why my dad didn't live with us and didn't see me and my older brother very often. When I look back now I know my dad did the right thing by our family because when my parents were together they would fight and scream at each other in front of my brother and I. I see my parents separation and divorce not as a sin but as a rescue from the plaque of hate and madness from my home. My mom still continued to drink and still to his day never got help. My dad on the other hand met my amazing step mom, to whom I see as an amazing mother figure and was happy once again. Though most would see my family as broken and failed I see it as revitalize and finally whole. From my dads remarriage I got 2 step sisters and a half brother who i love dearly and can't imagine life without. In my personal opinion I feel divorce in some instances is the only option especially if one partner in the relationship is suffering from abuses or other injustices. I do however, agree with the principals and virtues of family and marriage told by the catholic church.
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