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Describe the Catholic Ideal of the Sacrament of Marriage, Outlining How Catholic Couples are Prepared for Sacrament

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Describe the Catholic Ideal of the Sacrament of Marriage, Outlining How Catholic Couples are Prepared for Sacrament In the Catholic view, marriage is that it is sacramental. This means that marriage is a covenant relationship between the man and woman involved and hence it is voluntary and boundless. Its clear purpose is the begetting of children and mutual companionship and help. Virginity however, is the preferred state in Catholic belief. The primary purpose of marriage is to fulfill a vocation in the nature of man and woman, for the procreation and education of children, and to stand as a symbol of the mystical union between Christ and his Church. Fertility is a good, a gift and an end of marriage. By giving life, spouses participate in God's fatherhood. Marriage demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another. It is not just a contract made between two persons, and "IF" does not exist in marriage. This is well understood in the vow made by the couple during the ceremony -"Till death do us apart". Marriage is wielded by commitment and not established by a contract, so does love. When we talk about love, we always consider it unconditional, either failure or success. And so does commitment, a solemn binding promise to do and a guarantee to each partner. ...read more.


(Mark 10:3-9) This implicates that under any circumstances, divorce is not permitted by God. And so, that is what is so incredible about Catholic marriage, what makes it more than a mere relationship. Preparation for marriage, for married and family life, is of great importance for the good of the Church. In fact, the sacrament of Marriage has great value for the whole Christian community and, in the first place, for the spouses whose decision is such that it cannot be improvised or made hastily. In the past, this preparation could count on the support of society which recognized the values and benefits of marriage. Without any difficulties or doubts, the Church protected the sanctity of marriage with the awareness that this sacrament represented an ecclesial guarantee as the living cell of the People of God. At least in the communities that were truly evangelized, the Church's support was solid, unitary and compact. In general, separations and marriage failures were rare, and divorce was considered a social "plague" (cf. Gaudium et Spes = GS, 47). The importance of this preparation involves a process of evangelization which is both maturation and deepening in the faith. If the faith is weak or almost nonexistent (cf. Familiaris Consortio = FC 68), it must be revived. Thorough, patient instruction that arouses and nourishes the ardour of a living faith cannot be excluded. ...read more.


Not only must they consider the guidance of their parents but also to their relatives or the community itself such as marriage care or other married couples. Problems arise in married life, and obstacles such as disagreement, disputes, financial problem and trouble can cause a gap between the couple, which can lead to divorce. Since these things cannot be avoided, the circumstances must be shared to the couple to let them be 'familiarised' to these matter. Another reason is to help them understand what marriage stands for, and the sacrament that lay between the couple, and the main purpose of marriage. These strengthen up their bond and give them knowledge to their responsibilities in married life. Preparation for marriage leads to married life, through the celebration of the sacrament, which is the culmination of the journey of preparation which the spouses have made and the source and origin of their married life. Therefore, the celebration cannot be reduced only to a ceremony, the product of culture and sociological conditioning. Nevertheless, praiseworthy customs that belong to various peoples or ethnic groups can be brought into the celebration (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 77; Familiaris Consortio, 67), provided that they express above all the coming together of the ecclesial assembly as a sign of the faith of the Church, which recognises in the sacrament the presence of the risen Lord uniting the spouses to the love of the Trinity. ...read more.

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