This collection of Catholic marriage quotes and resources from a variety of Church documents and Saints, and authors of marriage books, can be read, shared, and reflected upon by married couples and couples preparing for marriage, as well as the parishioners who support them on their journey.
First a scripture on marriage and divorce that you often hear at weddings:
When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.
Great crowds followed him, and he cured them there.
Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’
and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss [her]?”
He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.”
[His] disciples said to him, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept [this] word, but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.” — Matthew 19:1
Marriage is not only a sacrament, but a very serious commitment as well. We only should enter into this relationship when we can accept all that it brings. In our present day more people seem to divorce, for example, but in the ‘old days’ people stuck with their marriage no matter what. For this reason it is important for us men to consistently be a Man of God, and to surround ourselves with people who are solid pro-marriage. Below are some scriptures and quotes to support love and the marriage covenant:
Love that leads to marriage is a gift from God and a great act of faith toward other human beings.St. Pope John Paul II
Just as God’s love is stable and lasts forever, we want the love on which a family is based to be stable and to last forever. We must not allow ourselves to be conquered by a ‘throwaway culture.’Pope Francis Meeting with Engaged Couples at the Vatican, St. Valentine’s Day 2014.
Website – Marriage: Unique for a Reason is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.St. Rose of Lima
A woman’s most security need is often for her assistance that her husband is committed to her.Dr. Gary Chapman
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more loveSaint Mother Teresa
The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.St. John Vianney
Often a matter of focus: Why is it when we are dating, we focus time and attention on each other. But after a few years of marriage we focus on everything else. Fact is, we desperately need each other.Dr. Gary Chapman
Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You.St. Augustine of Hippo
Any rejection of bodiliness will immediately target two beautiful but demanding and sometimes inconvenient realities: marriage and the child.Bishop Olmstead at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2019
Archdiocese of Chicago Marriage and Family Ministry Team.
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