Love consists in sharing
what we have
and what we are
with those we love.
From the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Preparing for Marriage at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church: We rejoice in your decision to be married in the Church. The Church understands that Marriage is a covenant by which a man and a woman fully, consciously, and freely choose to establish between themselves a permanent, exclusive, mutual partnership for the whole of life.
Marriage, by its nature, is ordered to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. Because marriage is ordered to the good of the spouses, the development of interpersonal intimacy, not simply biological intimacy, is viewed as essential to the marital relationship.
There must be a giving and accepting on the part of each toward the other which involves a twofold action: each of the spouses makes an unqualified gift of self to the other and each, in turn, makes an unqualified acceptance of the other.
For the life of the marriage to grow and continue, the two must be faithful to one another and work unceasingly to build a union that will endure.
Because marriage is also ordered to the procreation and education of children, the couple must be open to having children.
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For Your Marriage.org offers information and support for dating couples, engaged and cohabitating couples, married couples, parents, and empty nesters (From the USCCB)