Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Fidelity of Conjugal Love

  • Program #: 146
  • Description: Why does marriage require completely fidelity between spouses? The Catholic Catechism states that the intimate union of marriage is a mutual self giving of two persons ordered to the welfare of their children which requires that there be an unbreakable union between them. The deepest reason is found in the fidelity of Christ to his Church. Through the sacrament of matrimony, the spouses are able to represent that fidelity and witness to it. For these reasons, the spouses can be nothing but completely faithful to one another. Marriage is such a personal, deep union of giving oneself to the other that it cannot, the Catechism asserts, be an arrangement "until further notice." As difficult as it may seem, to retain this indissolubility for a lifetime, it is made possible by God's irrevocable love in which the couple shares and which will support them through their marital journey. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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