"The Lord God said: 'It is not good for the man to be alone' ... That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body..." (Gen: 2:18,24)
The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is created by God to be a permanent union of man and woman – an unbroken bond – a Sacrament.
While all Christians are initiated into the Church through the same essential process, not all Christians are called to live the same manner of commitment. Some are called to live in intimate union with another through the sacrament of marriage; some are called to live single lives; some are called to a life of service that is directed at the ministry and mission of the Church. Both the commitment to marriage (a commitment to human life) and the commitment to the mission of the Church (a commitment to the life of the Church) are seen as fundamental calls to service and love.
The Second Vatican Council defines the sacrament of Matrimony as a "covenant" rather than contract, "sealed by an irrevocable personal consent." (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)
The Rite of Marriage speaks of the union of Christ and the Church, of the marriage bond, of the essential element of mutual affection in body and mind, of the importance of procreation and education of children, of the virtue of faith, and of the significance of the Eucharistic setting for marriage. (Rite of Marriage)
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