Natural Family Planning
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Love and Marriage
Marriage remains a Sacrament within the Catholic Church. While the world takes on the meaning, or better yet, the redifining of what Marriage is, the Catholic Church says it is: “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.” (CCC 1601 Bold added for emphasis).
The Sacraments of the Church, instituted by Jesus Christ, are not to be altered in any way. They are in place to bestow grace and to keep us focused on heaven and our Christian calling of evangelization. The Sacrament of marriage is the seed by which the Christian family is nurtured, the couple, by their example gives hope to the Church:
“On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign – at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast. The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence.” (CCC 1613).