"To them that are married, not I, but the Lord commandeth, that the wife depart not from her husband: and if she depart, that she remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband. The union of the Master with the Church is extraordinarily close. Marriage is defined in the Scriptures in this fashion: "A man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall be two in one flesh" (Genesis ii, 24).
We are just thankful that God has seen fit to allow us to provide so many Catholics with the opportunity to meet their future spouse.
He did not make Christianity a worldly religion in any sense; He often declared that it is wholly opposed to the spirit of the world.
He compared the living of a Christian life with His carrying of the Cross to Calvary. It is far easier to damn one's soul than to save it; but, nevertheless, a sincere attempt to save one's soul brings such peace that Christ was able to call the yoke sweet and the burden light.
ii, 24) and Christ raised the contract among baptized people to the dignity of a sacrament.
The primary object of marriage is the procreation and education of offspring; the second purpose is mutual assistance and the remedy for concupiscence.
But the reason why we obey it is not particularly for these reasons, but because Christ commanded it. We are glad, indeed, that Catholicity in action turns out to be the best sociology; but that is incidental. We are here for a brief space on probation, and then we are to be judged.