The Vocation of Marriage

The Vocation of Marriage Faith, vol, 43, no. 4 (2011), pp. 6-9
Marriage is a vocation; it is the vocation to which the vast majority of people are called. It has two clear purposes or, as the Catechism says, a "twofold end...: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life" (n. 2363). It is a call both to faithful love and to fruitful love.
1. The first purpose is that spouses grow together in goodness, and in that openness to goodness which prepares them for heaven. This means specifically that they are meant to grow in loving God (the first commandment) by means of growing in love for each other throughout their lifetime.

The De-humanization of marital sex

The De-humanization of marital sex (Faith (2011), pp. 11-15)

1. Humanae Vitae initiated a new analysis of the conjugal act

Humanae vitae, Paul VI's 1968 Encyclical is principally recalled as reiterating the Church's perennial condemnation of artificial birth-control. But it is much more than that. It opened up the way for a deeper human understanding of what, in sexual intercourse between husband and wife, justifies its being termed the conjugal act.

San Agustín, Matrimonio y Sexualidad

San Agustín, Matrimonio y Sexualidad, en El pensamiento de San Agustín para el hombre de hoy, Valencia 2010 (Tomo III, 601-649)
¿Cuál sería la reacción de san Agustín si volviese al mundo en este comienzo del tercer milenio, y tuviera que valorar la actitud moderna hacia el matrimonio y hacia la sexualidad humana?
Creo que constataría, con sorpresa o sin ella, dos fenómenos que (si bien con otros matices) él experimentó en su tiempo; dos actitudes que combatió; dos valoraciones, aparentemente situadas en polos opuestos y sin embargo íntimamente relacionadas entre sí.
Minusvaloración del matrimonio; exaltación del sexo

St. Augustine: a View on Marriage and Sexuality in today's World

What would be St. Augustine's reaction if he returned to the world at this start of the third millennium, and had to evaluate the modern attitude toward marriage and toward human sexuality?
I believe that (with surprise, or perhaps without it) he would identify two phenomena that he experienced in his own time (even if under somewhat different modulations); two attitudes that he combatted; two valuations, seemingly located at opposite poles, and nevertheless intimately related to each other.
Disesteem for marriage; exaltation of sex

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