Marriage as a Sacrament

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh”
Gen 2:23

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601)

“Unity, indissolubility and openness to fertility are essential to marriage.”

(CCC 1664)

Right from the beginning of Creation the masculinity and femininity of Adam and Eve and their clear calling to become One Flesh points us both to our origin as well as our destiny.

We are made by a communion of Persons – God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As our masculine and feminine bodies reveal, we are made for communion as husband and wife. When life is all said and done, the deepest longing of the human heart is communion – to be in Union with our Creator in the communion of Saints for all of Eternity.

Holy Matrimony is the unique sign in and to our world that reveals this hidden reality.

Glancing at human persons from a distance, it is the sexual differences that reveal that we are made by, for, and to end up in communion. Not only through our singularity, however, even more so through masculinity and femininity that reveals the possibility of life-giving love.

Ultimately God’s beautiful power, through His grace, can assist us to live in our marriages with JOY. (St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta on JOY – Jesus, Others and Yourself)