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The Catholic Wedding Ceremony And the Ideals Expressed within it

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The Catholic Wedding Ceremony And the Ideals Expressed within it "This is the bone of my bone, the flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall be united with his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:23-24 This passage tells us how important marriage is, that's why the man and woman would leave their respective families and together they become 'one body' because of the unity that marriage gives. In this essay I will be describing a Catholic Wedding Ceremony and the ideals expressed within it. Marriage is one of the seven sacraments, which are important to Catholics. It is a sign of God's love which is shown in the life of Jesus who gave his own life for God's people. Most Christian marriages follow a similar pattern that marriage is a life long commitment and that marriage is permanent that's why a man would leave his mother and father and be united with his wife and become one flesh. There are four main ideals in a Catholic marriage: it is a sacrament in which the love of God is celebrated and shared with others. It is indissoluble meaning it is a life-long commitment and cannot be broken. Marriage is exclusive, it demands faithfulness between couple and do not have any sexual relationship with others. It is also fruitful and life-giving as it brings children to the family as a sign of the couples love and their love of God; and this involves responsible parenthood. There are eight main stages in a Catholic wedding ceremony. It begins with the greeting where the priest welcomes the bride and groom before the Mass begins. It is a sign that the whole congregation and the parish want them to know that they share in joy of the happy occasion. ...read more.


They have their own ups and downs. They may face problems like financial difficulties, illness, impotence, adultery, arguments about children, differences with each other and domestic violence. Other problems may be different. But what differs is the way a Christian family would face this problem. They face these problem following Christ's teachings, just as Christ taught us. Families often breakdown and the couple may fall out of love. Adultery is one of the common problem facing families today. A lot of times this problem causes families to break but in some circumstances it may be resolved. However this problem may be easier to resolve for a non-Catholic couple that accepts divorce. As for them it may be very easy to simply file a divorce and go their separate ways. However the Catholic Church does not see adultery as a feasible excuse for a divorce but dose condemns it for the fact that it breaks the exclusive ideal of marriage. However the church encourages forgiveness as Jesus taught in the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-10). In this story Jesus teaches that every one sins therefore sinners shouldn't condemn sinners. In response to this teaching the Catholic Church say's Catholics must find other means of resolving their problems concerning adultery. Another common problem for families today is disagreements within the household whether it is between child and parents or parents. These problems may range from various things, some larger than others but in many cases they may all be overcome through talking. However, this may be difficult in some cases where there might be a tense and hostile atmosphere, in which this problem may become worse and even lead to others such as separation of parent's, arguments over children, alcoholism, and domestic violence. These series of problems may take a lot of effort from all parties to overcome. The Catholic Church largely recommends this, as they believe that by allowing these problems to happen the couple would grow closer to each other making a strong bond become stronger ready to face the next problems they may encounter. ...read more.


However this is not a divorce for the reason that a divorce recognises that the marriage went wrong and broke down and this not what an annulment stands for. "The Catholic teaching on the family has a positive contribution to our society." Do you agree? A family is the basic unit of our society. It is composed of parents, children and sometimes grand children and other relations. There are four most common types of families. One is the nuclear family, which is married parents and children; this is commonly described as the ideal catholic marriage. Another is the extended family this includes parents, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins all living in the same house. The next one is very common among broken families; this is the single family that is one parent and children. Finally the other type of family is the stepfamily this is very common among reconstituted parents; this may include stepparents, stepchildren In my point of view, I think the Catholic teaching have both positive and negative effects to our society. One of the positive teachings the Catholic Church offers about the family is that parents should be married before having children. Because by being married the couple show their love and commitment to one another and if they are capable of providing a healthy environment for the upbringing of the children. However this can be argued because many could say this is just an assumption, because who's to say that a married couple make better parents than those who are not. Another positive teaching from the Catholic Church is that parents should be the first teachers of the children. They should teach them love and how to relate to other people. And pass on their faith to their children. I believe this is good because this creates respect towards parents and love within the family. However this could also be argued because if parents where to teach children the wrong things this could damage the child and create a mirror image of parents. ?? ?? ?? ?? RE Coursework Lorimar Sanchez ...read more.

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