The Married Life
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,
for out of Man this one was taken.”
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:18-25)
Almost everyone has considered the Mystery of Matrimony as a vocation at some point in their lives. After all, which of us has not felt the almost irresistible pull of falling in love with someone special, someone that we feel, completes us as God has intended? (Please note that we are talking about man and woman here!) This is something that forms an integral part of our Holy Church. A good bulk of people are indeed called to this way of life by our Lord, both those who serve as priests/deacons, those who serve as associates/aggregates of a religious order, and lay people alike. Within this page you will find an exposition on the married life, as well as links to help you in your discernment to see if you are truly called to this wonderful and timeless vocation, to be permanently bonded as man and woman, and to pour forth your love together in bringing life to the world, just as God gave His steadfast and unconditional love in giving life to all creation.