The proposition and sacrament of marriage has been around tor thousands of years. Unfortunately today the sacrament of marriage has been perverted and mutated into something contrary to its nature. One must first understand what marriage truly is and then return society’s understanding of it to its true nature.
One can know the sacrament of marriage very easily. Marriage is, as defined by the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Teaching, “An intimate covenant of life and love between one man and one woman.” This simple definition shows that marriage is not a legal ideology but an everlasting bond of love. This bond of love is between man and woman but is ultimately centered on and around God.
Marriage is a cycle of love which brings children onto a beautiful and loving home. Children, or offspring, are one of the fundamental gifts that marriage and the marital act bring about. This marital act is done in unity and openness to procreation. This is the duel nature of human sexuality. This is most clearly seen in Genesis “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:27). This and obtaining eternal life are the ultimate goals of marriage.
Marriage is not something to be taken lightly. It is both a bond of love and a commitment to one’s spouse. It is a sacrament therefor it cannot be broken or dissolved. It is eternal and everlasting. It is also an example to other married couples. Married couples are to guide other couples in the formation of their relationship. One can see this, as it says in Humanae Vitae, “It is married couples themselves who become apostles and guides to other married couples.” (HV 20). These couples are to act as witnesses to the truth of the sacrament of marriage and the marital calling. As a witness to this truth they are to demonstrate the equality of human persons in the dignity and respect of their partner.
The dignity of each spouse has also been a perverted and mutated idea. It has long been thought that scripture has put man in a superior position compared to woman. This is absolutely not the case. The book of Ephesians says, “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 the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband. (Eph. 5:21-33). This has been read and taken out of context by many, many people. Some may read the first line and assume that it has been said that wives should do whatever their husband tells them without any thought or say in the matter. In reality it is saying that men should love their wives in the way that Christ has loved us. Christ loved us as he sacrificed himself to save us. This is the way that the husbands should treat their wives, in a love so great that they would be ready and willing to lay down their lives for them. Not...
Cited: Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2000. Print.
The Holy Bible.
Pope Paul VI. Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life). 1968. Web.
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