OCM 11: Of Desire, Preparation, and Celebration

St John Paul II had high expectations and ideals for marriage. Let’s read:

11. For God, who has called the couple to Marriage, continues to call them to Marriage.(Cf. Familiaris Consortio 51 ) Those who marry in Christ are able, with faith in the Word of God, to celebrate fruitfully the mystery of the union of Christ and the Church, to live it rightly, and to bear witness to it publicly before all. A Marriage that is desired, prepared for, celebrated, and lived daily in the light of faith is that which is ‘joined by the Church, strengthened by a sacrificial offering, sealed by a blessing, announced by Angels, and ratified by the Father… How wonderful the bond of the two believers: one in hope, one in vow, one in discipline, one in the same service! They are both children of one Father and servants of the same Master, with no separation of spirit and flesh. Indeed, they are two in one flesh; where there is one flesh, there is also one spirit.’ (Tertullian, Ad uxorem, II, VIII: CCL I, 393)

The entirety of the Tertullian text is here on this site.

There are two important aspects of a lasting and fruitful marriage. First is that human beings can cooperate with grace by daily desire, preparation, and celebration. And second, God works in any marriage where a couple simply asks for what they need.

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The text cited in blue is from the English translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony © 2013, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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