Marriage

The Mystery of Faithful Love

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How to have a stronger, happier marriage

These pages will give you what you need to make your marriage a source of profound happiness and lasting peace:

  • Knowledge: You'll come to understand the nature of marriage and its superiority to "living together" and other temporary unions.
  • Love: You'll learn to distinguish love from lust, infatuation, and other common counterfeits; and you'll discover the healing role it can play in the best - and bleakest - of marriages.
  • Faith: You'll come to see how the sacramental marriage of Christians is the fulfillment and perfection of marriage, giving husband and wife what every spouse secretly longs for.

Especially today, this beautiful book - which reveals the sublime vocation of Christian marriage - is a must for anyone who is eager to live worthily this great mystery of love.

Marriage will show you:

  • The one right motive for marrying - and the many wrong ones (some often accepted by Christians)
  • The difference between the meaning of marriage and its purpose (and the dangers of confusing the two)
  • The five ways in which married love differs from other loves
  • Six counterfeit loves: what sometimes passes for love isn't
  • The key role of will in sustaining love
  • Your unhappy marriage: it may be a clear "call" from God
  • How difficulties and suffering can deepen your marriage - and make you and your spouse better persons
  • How marriage reveals God's love and presence
  • How Christianity intensifies married love
  • The meaning of marriage as a sacrament: its promises, its demands, and how it is a source of strength and grace.

 

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"Clear . . . and utterly faithful to the truth."

Peter Kreeft
  • Pages: 116
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-0-918477-00-2
  • Product Code: 00X
  • Availability: In Stock
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Powerful and enlightening
This book is a powerful defense of the Catholic vision of marital love. I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering marriage or who is already married and wishes to deepen their spousal love.
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The Objective "I-Thou" Communion
This book, along with JPII's Theology of the Body, really opened my eyes to the intrinsic meaning of marriage. Here von Hildebrand illuminates the reality of marriage as an objective bond resulting from the spouses' solemn decision to bind themselves to each other in Christ. Because of the objectivity of this bond, von Hildebrand clearly shows that once the solemn vows have been made marriage is outside of a person's arbitrary inclinations, and thus is irrevocable. Furthermore, he points to marriage as a fulfillment of the loving "I-Thou" communion of the spouses, the sacramental vessel through which they raise each other towards God in their love and create, in cooperation with Him, new human beings intended for heaven. In this way von Hildebrand particularly expresses the unique mystery of marriage as a natural good elevated and sanctified by Christ to even such an extent as to symbolize the union between Christ and His Church.
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Excellent book for helping to understand Marriage
This book is good for engaged couples so that they may understand the nature of marriage and the good it is and that which it offers. After I get married I plan to go back to this book to help me understand what I am doing and what I should be doing to have a happy married life. I've read it twice and plan on reading it again.
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"Mutual love is the proper motive for marriage" (p. 63)
This 77-page book takes us on a deep dive into the Christian understanding of marriage, from a personalist point of view. It is a beautiful presentation, with much for reflection. This current edition, translated from the original German, is nicely divided by subtitles which give the reader a good idea on where the author is headed. Thus, while a serious book on sacramental theology and philosophy, it is also engaging and understandable.
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Great book for anyone discerning the married life.
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