C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith – What is God’s Design for Marriage?

By | August 16, 2019

What is God’s design for marriage? Marriage is just a piece of paper. Why is marriage so important? When we have an authentic experience
of love, we want that to last forever, because we realize there’s something
deeper and richer there than just the two of us. We know that God is somehow at work in every
authentic experience of love that we have in our lives. For us as Catholics, we value marriage so much,
because we see in the union of husband and wife… in this mystery, in this sacrament, the fullness of God’s love for us. We could look at the whole scripture through the prism of marriage and we see in the beginning, God
creating Adam and Eve in his image and likeness in all of their beauty and in all of their difference. We see that marriage imagery continue throughout the Old Testament as God establishes his covenant with his chosen people. Many of the prophets speak powerfully of God
seeking out, pursuing, even wooing His people and finding them as the center of His heart. For us as Christians, that marriage between God
and us reaches its completion in the person of Jesus Christ. In His birth, His life, His death, His Resurrection,
that on the cross, Jesus pours out His life for us. He completely makes a gift of Himself to us and so St. Paul says that the Church is the Bride of Christ, both born from Jesus’ side
but also married to Him in the mystery of His gift. Today many people wonder, “Why do I have to get married?” “Why can’t I just be with my girlfriend, my boyfriend?” “We love each other. Isn’t that enough?” The Church sees something so holy and so permanent in marriage, that it’s not just the two of us making
that decision, but it’s God calling us, choosing us, even anointing us to be husband and wife for each other. Bound in a sacrament. Permanently loving in this commitment. Open to children. Open to life. Marriage is fruitful. It’s permanent. It’s life- giving, It’s the basis of society. It’s the building block of the Church. Indeed, it’s the domestic Church at work and in action, where children first learn how to love God, how to pray, how to believe. It’s the Year of Faith and we’re connecting
Christ and the Catechism of the Catholic Church! Ignite your faith! Share this video with a friend and
spark-up a spirited conversation today! So what’s the next C-4 all about? We invite you to come back and “C-4” yourself!

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