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The Nobility of Marriage and the Family

Because every human person is created in God’s image, we are all connected to each other by our very nature. We are social beings – we need each other, we belong with other people. We call the most basic unit of our belonging a ‘family’; our families are joined together in ‘community’. Sometimes our family is given to us (our birth family) and sometimes we choose family.

What Does Scripture Say?

“The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)
“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.” (Matthew 19:5-6)

We also hear of Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. When Naomi lost her husband and her sons, Ruth chose to stay with her and to be family with her: “Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God, my God.” (Ruth 1:16)

What has the Church said over the years?

The US Bishops have said, “In a global culture driven by excessive individualism, our tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society,in economics and politics, in law and policy,directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The family is the central social institution that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. While our society often exalts individualism, the Catholic tradition teaches that human beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our Church teaches that the role of government and other institutions is to protect human life and human dignity and promote the common good.” (USCCB, “Sharing Catholic Social Teaching”)

“The well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition of that community produced by marriage and family. Hence Christians and all people who hold this community in high esteem sincerely rejoice in the various ways by which people today find help in fostering this community of love and perfecting its life, and by which parents are assisted in their lofty calling.” (Gaudium Et Spes, 47)

What was St. Vincent’s response?

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What is our own experience?

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What action(s) are we called to?

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