Every human life has value.

The spousal language of the body, as explained in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, is lived out in two specific vocations: Marriage and celibacy for the Kingdom. Here, in part of the Road to Cana DVD series the late and very blessed Fr. Richard Neuhaus beautifully explains the call to Marriage:

Strong, healthy, Christ centered marriages are the foundation for building the culture of life. How well the world would be if every married coupled lived their vocation out in this way!

Related TOB articles: A Basic Theology of Marriage:

Marriage is the closest and most intimate of human friendships. It involves the sharing of the whole of a person’s life with his/her spouse. Marriage calls for a mutual self-surrender so intimate and complete that spouses – without losing their individuality – become “one,” not only in body, but in soul.

and God, Sex, & Babies: What the Church Really Teaches about Responsible Parenthood

See also: Marriage Matters to Kids (h/t: Fr. John Malloy

See my previous posts:
“Fireproof”, Marriage and World Peace
Vocation to Marriage
TOB Tuesdays

March 17th, 2009 at 6:50 pm
2 Responses to “TOB Tuesday: The Call to Marriage”
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    Jeff G Says:

    I am reading “Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John paul II’s Love and Responsibility” by Edward Sri. I highly recommend it. JPII’s insights into love are profound. In the deepest kind of married love, for instance, man and wife not only desire the good of their spouse, but they give themselves to the other toward that end. They do this by willingly giving up some of their freedom for the sake of their spouse. They are not impoverished by this, but enriched. Freedom is made for love.

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    Bob Says:

    A very good clip. He really shines the light on the contrast between the way marriage is commonly approached in our society vs. the way it was meant to be approached.