|SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
“I …. take you …. for my lawful wife (husband) to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”
Marriage is an indissoluble union, contracted by mutual consent, between one man and one woman, in a lawful manner, by which they are obliged to live together all the days of their life. “Therefore now they are not two but one flesh; what therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Matt. 19-6)
The bond of union that subsists between married people, can in no way whatsoever, nor upon any account whatsoever, be dissolved by any human power or authority, while both parties remain in this life. For just causes, especially infidelity to the marriage contract, husband and wife may be separated from one another; yet still the bond of marriage exists in its full force between them and, if either should remarry another person, they would be guilty of adultery. This is the express Law of Almighty God. (Manual of the Holy Catholic Church by James McGovern – 1906)
(Taken from Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI, 1930)
How great is the dignity of chaste wedlock may be judged best from this, that Christ Our Lord, Son of the Eternal Father, ordained it in a special manner as the principal and foundation of domestic society, and also raised it to the rank of a truly great Sacrament of the New Law. We are deeply grieved on seeing the great number of men who entirely ignore or shamelessly deny the great sanctity of Christian wedlock. Since these pernicious errors have begun to spread even among the faithful and are gradually gaining ground, We consider it our duty to raise Our voice to keep the flock committed to Our care from poisoned pastures, and as far as in Us lies, to preserve it from harm.
The principal ends of marriage were laid down in the beginning by God Himself in the words: Increase and Multiply. Christian parents must understand that they are destined not only to propagate and preserve the human race on earth, but to educate their children who are to become members of the Church of Christ, partakers of immortal life and heirs of that eternal glory to which we all aspire. The right and duty to educate their offspring belongs in the first place to the parents who gave them birth. The Sacrament of Matrimony perfects love, confirms the indissolubility of the union and sanctifies both man and wife.
Not under cover but openly: writings, theatrical productions of every kind, radio and all sorts of inventions of modern science, trample the sanctity of marriage. Divorce and adultery, and all the basest vices are commonly extolled and defended by modern genius. Timothy hath exhorted us, “Be thou vigilant … Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.” (2 Tim. 4, 2-5) In order that the enemies’ deceits may be avoided, it is first necessary that they be laid bare. For the welfare of souls, We cannot remain silent. New forms of matrimony are concocted by man and labeled: Temporary, Experimental and Companionate.
Some look upon children as a burden. But no reason, however grave may be put forward by which anything intrinsically against nature may become morally good. The conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children and those who deliberately frustrate its natural power and propose sin against nature commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious. Who is not filled with admiration to see a mother preserve the life of her offspring which she has conceived even though her own life may be in danger? God alone, all bountiful and all merciful as He is, will reward her for the fulfillment of the office allotted to her by nature and will assuredly repay her in a measure full to overflowing. No difficulty can arise that justifies the putting aside of the Law of God which forbids all acts intrinsically evil. God does not ask the impossible. There are no possible circumstances in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the Grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted. The family is most sacred. Men are begotten not for the earth and for time, but for Heaven and Eternity. The house built upon a rock, that is to say conjugal chastity, strengthened by a deliberate and constant union of spirit, will not only never fall away, but will never be shaken by adversity.
The Church strongly warns against mixed marriages. Where there exists diversity of mind, truth and feeling, the bond of union of mind and heart is wont to be broken, or at least weakened. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Let us bear in mind the solemn pronouncement of the Council of Trent: “If anyone should say that on account of heresy or the hardships of co-habitation or a deliberate abuse of one party by the other, the marriage tie may be loosened, let him be anathema …”
The objections brought against the firmness of marriage are clearly answered. For, in certain circumstances, imperfect separation of the parties is allowed, but the marriage bond is never severed. Let the faithful be on their guard against the overrated independence of private judgment and the false autonomy of human reason. A characteristic of all true followers of Christ, lettered or unlettered, is to suffer themselves to be guided and led in all things that touch upon Faith or morals by the Holy Church of God through the Supreme Pastor, the Roman Pontiff, who is himself guided by Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Let the faithful constantly keep in mind that they have been sanctified and strengthened for the duties and dignity of their state by a special Sacrament, the efficacious power of which is undying. As long as they remain alive, so long is their union a Sacrament of Christ and the Church.
Ven. Brethren, be ever on your guard against the dangers advocated by the teachers of error, live soberly, justly and godly in this world, looking for the blessed Hope and coming of the Glory of God and Our Savior Jesus Christ.
Baptism is usually administered outside the Communion rail, so is the Sacrament of Penance. When we receive Holy Communion or Confirmation, we kneel outside the Sanctuary. But at Marriage, provided it is celebrated in conjunction with Holy Mass, the Church throws open the gates of the Sanctuary, and introduces the candidates into the Holy of Holies, to the very spot where are offered the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Why is holy Matrimony celebrated in connection with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the representation of Our Lord’s Death on the Cross? For this significant reason that Our Lord’s Death on Calvary was at the same time the greatest tragedy and the highest triumph of love! From it, the candidates are to learn, at the very moment of their marriage, their life, too, will be one of great and tremendous sacrifices, which will draw upon all the resources of their love and, by this endurance, their mutual love will best show its genuineness and celebrate its finest triumphs.
Saint Raphael, loving Patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. May he (she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts, and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.
Prayer of Spouses for Each Other
O Sweet Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.
May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to Thee through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.
|HOLINESS THROUGH MARY (contd.)
By God’s Will, Mary’s power is without limit. Therefore, the apostolate’s trust in Her is well-nigh infinite. God gave to Mary everything He could; She could not receive more than Himself. By working in complete union with Her, the Child of Mary puts himself in the very flood-tide of grace, for She is the channel of every grace merited by Her dying Son. Not alone does She communicate all graces to us, She obtains them for us, too. Everything there is in this world of hope, grace and salvation flows to men from Mary. To approach God more effectively and win grace more freely, he strives after perfect union with His Mother!
Moreover, the battle in which Mary’s Army is always engaged is the conflict with sin. Mary alone, of all our race, is perfectly sinless. Therefore, he who would conquer sin either in himself or in others, keeps himself so closely united to the Immaculate Virgin that everywhere and in everything he acts as Mary’s instrument. He endeavors to bring it about that, through his subjection to Mary, She acts in him, with him and by him to such an extent that it is really Her apostolate rather than his that is carried on. When such is the case, the apostolate is, in truth, the seed of Mary; between it and sin, enmity is complete.
Just as Christ gave Himself absolutely to Mary, so the Child of Mary is encouraged to surrender to Her everything: Every thought, every movement of his soul, his hidden riches, his inmost self. Everything up to and including his last breath is to be given to Her that She might expend it all for God. Even the earthly slave remains master of his thoughts and inner life; he is free in everything that really counts. Not so Mary’s slave. He offers himself to a kind of martyrdom; through love, he sacrifices himself completely to God, and Mary is the altar of the sacrifice.
True Devotion is not merely an act; it is a state, a life. True, it is solemnly inaugurated by an act of consecration to Mary, but it consists principally in living afterwards in the spirit of that consecration. Mary must take possession of the whole of one’s life; otherwise there is no real Montfortian Devotion. The act of consecration may be made; it may even be often repeated and, if the substance of True Devotion is not there, a tree has been planted, but it has failed to take root.
This does not mean that the Children of Mary are expected to do the impossible by keeping their minds ever fixed upon their consecration to Mary. It would be almost as reasonable to suggest that one should always remember the fact that the beating of the heart controls the life of the body. The heart continues to function even though its operations rarely become the definite objects of thought. Similarly with the True Devotion. It works ceaselessly in the life of the soul, even though it is not consciously adverted to. The thought of Mary’s complete dominion should be made vivid now and again by deliberate thought and prayer; if that is done, it is sufficient that the fact of one’s dependence on Her remains immutably recognized, that it be always at least vaguely before the mind and that it be put into force in a general way in all the circumstances of life.
It is not necessary that the inauguration or subsequent practice of the True Devotion be accompanied by warmth or consolation. It does not depend on feelings or fervor or any kind of emotional experience. Its foundations are reason, faith and the loving resolve of the will, and these are completely independent of the feelings of the senses.
St. Louis de Montfort claimed that the devotion he taught is an authentic message from Heaven. This has undoubtedly been verified through the graces that have attended the practice of it and the position it has attained in the devotional life of the Church.
In the words of Cardinal Tedeschini on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of St. Louis de Montfort in St. Peter’s, Rome: “He has constituted himself the herald of the coming of the reign of God through Mary, and the precursor of that longed-for salvation which in the fullness of time the Virgin Mother of God will bring to the world by Her Immaculate Heart.”
There can be no questioning the fact that the practice of True Devotion deepens the spiritual life, endowing it particularly with purity of intention and unselfishness. These things are of the very essence of the teaching of St. Louis de Montfort; one is called upon to practice them incessantly. It is a matter of experience that by such complete surrender and submission to Mary one advances more in a few months than in many years of spiritual effort based more on reliance on self and one’s own will.
The true servant of Mary finds himself comforted and strengthened by a strong and certain sense of guidance and protection. Mary seems to make herself so near and present to him that he is enlightened in his doubts, strengthened in his fears and sustained in his battles. It is this sense of being always directed and safeguarded by Mary that enables him to persevere in his quest for souls when so many others who begin apostolic work under other auspices fall by the wayside.
It is extremely difficult to think of any way of spirituality more designed to bring with it a certainty that one’s life and everything in it are being employed to the best advantage. He who is faithful to his devotion to Mary has that certainty; he is consequently free from many worries and anxieties and at liberty to pursue unrestricted his own progress towards perfection and his apostolate of charity. By this interior liberty, scruples are banished and the heart is filled with burning love and limitless trust.
One cannot really surrender all to Mary without attaining a super-natural outlook. The constant attempt to live as Mary’s slave of love implies a gentle but constant effort to acquire Her spirit and outlook. She, more than any other creature, was accustomed to judge of everything from the super-natural point of view; between Her and the world enmities were complete. Therefore, the soul surrendered to Mary and attempting to live always in the spirit of that surrender necessarily finds himself more and more inclined to evaluate all from the standpoint of the supernatural.
|THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!
The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction.
The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.
At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.
By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
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