Understanding Sacramental Marriage: A Journey of Love and Faith

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Sacramental Marriage is a journey that lasts a lifetime. It's about growing together, facing life's challenges together, and helping each other get closer to God. It's a beautiful adventure of love, faith, and commitment.Today, we’re diving into a very special topic that’s close to the heart of our Catholic faith: Sacramental Marriage. This might sound like a big term, but don’t worry! We’re going to explore it together, step by step, so you can understand why it’s so important and beautiful in the eyes of the Church and God.

What is Sacramental Marriage?

In the Catholic Church, marriage isn’t just any ordinary event. It’s what we call a sacrament. A sacrament is a special way we experience God’s love and grace in our lives. It’s like a divine promise of love and support from God, and in the case of marriage, it’s a promise shared between two people who decide to spend their lives together.

Why Is It So Special?

Sacramental Marriage is special because it’s not just an agreement between two people. It’s a covenant, which means a sacred promise, with each other and with God. It’s like saying, “Not only do I choose to love you for my whole life, but God is part of our relationship too.” This makes the marriage strong, filled with love, faith, and the support of the entire Catholic community.

Love and Faith Together

In a Sacramental Marriage, love and faith walk hand in hand. The couple promises to love each other no matter what, through the good times and the challenging ones. They also promise to keep God at the center of their relationship, praying together, going to Mass, and serving others. This way, their love isn’t just about them; it’s a reflection of God’s love for us all.

The Wedding Ceremony

During the wedding ceremony, there are beautiful symbols and rituals that reflect the sacramental nature of marriage. The rings exchanged symbolize an unending circle of love and fidelity. The vows are sacred promises made before God and the community, showing the seriousness and beauty of their commitment.

Living Out a Sacramental Marriage

Being married in the Church means the couple has a special grace from God to help them live out their promises. This doesn’t mean there won’t be difficult times, but it does mean they’re never alone. God is with them, helping them to grow in love and faith together.

A Lifetime Journey

Sacramental Marriage is a journey that lasts a lifetime. It’s about growing together, facing life’s challenges together, and helping each other get closer to God. It’s a beautiful adventure of love, faith, and commitment.

Sacramental Marriage is a beautiful example of how love and faith come together in a powerful way. It shows us the beauty of committing to someone with God’s help and reminds us of the special plan God has for each of us in our lives.

Cleansing

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What is the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation?

This sacrament forgives our sins, reconciles us to God and his people, and gives us the grace to not sin again. In John 20: 22b-23 Jesus is with the apostles, “he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Where do we start?

First we need to examine our conscience. There are many ways to do this: use the 10 Commandments as a guide, review the past few weeks and months , sit quietly and think of the times you have less than your best.

If you haven’t been in a while, tell the priest. He will talk you through the steps.

It’s important that we have contrition, that is, are sorry for our sins. We also need the desire to amend our ways so we don’t sin again. We say our sins aloud to the priest and then he offers us absolution and gives us a penance.

What do we receive in the sacrament?

Unbelievable grace. Forgiveness. The strength to not sin again.

Those are just a few gifts we receive and that why going to confession is so important and helpful.

If you are Catholic, consider going to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. If you are not Catholic, ask forgiveness of anyone you  have hurt and pray to receive grace to not to it again.

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God the Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  He is made known to us from the beginning of the Old Testament, in Genesis 1:2, “and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters” that wind is the Holy Spirit. Then we see again, in Exodus, God is with the Israelites as they flee from Egypt, “The LORD preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people (Ex: 13:21-22). God was with them and he is with us as well.

In the New Testament, we see the action of the Holy Spirit when Mary conceives Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) and again, when Jesus is baptized, the Spirit, in the form of a dove rests above Jesus as he comes up out of the water (Luke 3:22).

The Holy Spirit completes the Father’s plan; he sent Jesus to save us and Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will come and be with us always. The Holy Spirit was poured out onto the apostles at Pentecost and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News. The Spirit guides,  protects and sanctifies (makes holy) the Church.

He calls all people to Christ and completes his saving mission. The Holy Spirit is with us always, drawing us closer to Christ, both consoling and convicting us of our sin. He is the source of our hope.

In Baptism we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord (Is 11:1-2). They are sealed in us at Confirmation. As we live and grow as Christians, we grow in the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Gal 5: 22-23).

The Holy Spirit as many titles, which give an idea of how he acts in our lives: consoler, creator spirit, giver of life, paraclete, source of goodness, and spirit of truth.

The Holy Spirit is the fullness of love between the Father and the Son, reminding us that something always comes from love.

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This week, pray St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit and see what happens when you invite him into your life.

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit