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Three Blessings of Union

“St. Thomas [Aquinas] says the three gifts of matrimony which constitute its honour and happiness are (1) fidelity, (2) sanctification, (3) fecundity. Fidelity indicates the indivisible unity of marriage, by which husband and wife belong exclusively to each other. The … Continue reading

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Our Heavenly Spouse

“The ineffable love which God bears to a soul in the state of grace, and the supernatural beauty with which He invests it, lead to that blessed union of which St. Paul speaks in his Epistle to the Ephesians. ‘Matrimony,’ … Continue reading

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Continence and Obedience

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in his treatise De bono coniugale (On the Good of Marriage) argues that obedience is a greater virtue than continence. He states: “The good of obedience is better than of continence.” And why? Because “marriage … Continue reading

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Continence in Spouses and Virgins

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in his treatise De bono coniugale (On the Good of Marriage) shows how the same virtue is at the heart of both marriage and celibacy. He begins by affirming that each human person “is a … Continue reading

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Sin By Generation

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in Book II of his De nuptiis et concupiscentia (On Marriage and Concupiscence) explains how original sin is transmitted from one generation to the next, beginning with Adam and Eve. Some would trace the cause … Continue reading

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The Moral Virtue of Temperance – Part 2 of 5

Father Pegues continues his exposition of the virtue of temperance by discussing two species of temperance: chastity and virginity. The virtue of chastity is “that perfection of the sensitive appetite which makes man master of all the impulses that bear … Continue reading

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