A Union Sealed by the
Sacrament of Matrimony
- Perfects the natural love of husband and wife;
- Elevates this love to a supernatural level which far surpasses mere mental and physical compatibility;
- Gives to marital love a sanctifying quality, making it an instrument for growth in holiness and marriage a path to sainthood;
- Imparts conscientiousness in the begetting and rearing of children;
- Gives prudence in the innumerable problems consequent upon family life;
- Enables husband and wife to adjust to one another's shortcomings and to bear with one another's faults.
The grace which would perfect that natural love (of husband and wife) and confirm that indissoluble union and sanctify the married, Christ himself merited for us by his Passion; as the Apostle St. Paul indicates, saying, 'Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church.'
The deepest reason is found in the fidelity of God to his covenant, in that of Christ to his Church. Through the sacrament of Matrimony the spouses are enabled to represent this fidelity and witness to it. Through the sacrament, the indissolubility of marriage receives a new and deeper meaning.(Catechism, 1647)