Description: "So they are no longer two, but one flesh." Nothing illustrates the powerful bond between man and wife intended by God, the Creator of marriage, than these words from Matthew's gospel. A true marriage is a sacramental bond and is therefore indissoluble. The Catholic Catechism, however, realistically acknowledges that the presence of evil can severely strain this bond. Marital union, paragraph 1606 tells us, "Has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, jealousy, infidelity and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation." The original communion of Adam and Eve was ruptured by their sin of disobedience. "Their relations were distorted by mutual recriminations" says the Catechism and brought about the pain of childbirth and the toil of work. Without God's help, a man and a woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them "in the beginning". This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.