What are the 4 wedding vows?
Let's begin the lesson!
WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
FREE, TOTAL, FAITHFUL & FRUITFUL!
Wedding vows are intented to be promises made to your spouse in the coming of you two as one. To be free, total, faithful and fruitful within a marriage, it indicates not only for you to share that relationship with your spouse, but for the covenant to call you and your spouse to share in free, total, faithful and fruitful love of God!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MARRIED?
Just as each sacrament you recieve is a step closer to God and involvement in the Catholic faith, when two individuals recieve the sacrament of marriage, it's another step for the both of them in their lives to become closer to God. Their self-donation to eachother united through the Catholic faith unites them as a whole. It is to devote yourselves not only to eachother - but to God as well.
HOW DO I MAINTAIN A HEALTHY MARRIAGE?
THREE THINGS TO REMEMBER ARE:
The 4 vows
How can we apply the vows to our marriage in a Catholic manner?
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1625: "The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent; "to be free" means: - not being under constraint; - not impeded by any natural or ecclesiastical law." To be total in a marriage is to be complete as a whole together with your spouse. To act in the Catholic faith as one, and to move forward as one. Sacrificing for eachother, caring for eachother, and learning from eachother. To be faithful in a marriage is to refer back to the self-donation and devotion you have given to your partner, and to no one but your partner. To save your love and your body for no one other than your spouse along with God. To be fruitful in a marriage is to create life together. To use the gifts God has given to concieve another life made from love. All the vows can be lived out by following the footsteps of the Catholic faith alongside your partner. To remember that the devotion to God is not to be disregarded alongside your devotion to your partner. The sacrifice Jesus has made for us, his people proved his love and care for us all. You must be willing to sacrifice the same for your spouse.
"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."