Quote: If you really love them

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“Whoever really loves his partner loves not only for what he receives, but loves that partner for the partner’s own sake, content to be able to enrich the other with the gift of himself.” – Pope Paul VI

This is at the heart of a marriage – of any vocation. It’s at the heart of what it means to genuinely love.

So many people today approach marriage as if it’s some contract where each individual pursues their own personal ambitions within the context of a 50-50 social contract. And the only reason they originally got married was because each of their own individual personal ambitions happened to overlap enough at the time to make it a convenient partnership. It is this attitude that has led to more broken families, bad marriages, unhappy people, confused kids and an utterly perplexed populace who can only explain any traditional definition of marriage as bigoted and backwards.

Backwards, indeed.

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Carl November 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

So true. People seem to have forgotten that marriage is a covenant, something so much more than a simple contract. A contract exchanges property. A covenant exchanges persons. If people would just remember that when we get married, the husband and wife become one flesh. By extension, not only are the husband and wife connected, but the connection with the spouses blood relatives also become connected by the same sacred blood bond. This is what sets Catholics apart from many other faith communities. We realize that a covenant bond cannot be broken, save by death.

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