Life in Christ
Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and
woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes
a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds be
tween baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.
“Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give them
selves to one another through the acts which are proper and
exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but con
cerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized
in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by
which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another
Tobias got out of bed and said to Sarah, “Sister, get up, and
let us pray and implore our Lord that he grant us mercy and
safety.” So she got up, and they began to pray and implore
that they might be kept safe. Tobias began by saying,
“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers. . . . You madeAdam,
and for him you made his wife Eve as a helper and support.
From the two of them the race of mankind has sprung. You
said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make
a helper for him like himself.’ I now am taking this kins
woman of mine, not because of lust, but with sincerity. Grant
that she and I may find mercy and that we may grow old
together.” And they both said, “Amen, Amen.” Then they
went to sleep for the night.
“The acts in marriage by which the intimate and chaste
union of the spouses takes place are noble and honorable; the truly
human performance of these acts fosters the self-giving they signify
and enriches the spouses in joy and gratitude.”
Sexuality is a
source of joy and pleasure:
The Creator himself . . . established that in the [generative]
function, spouses should experience pleasure and enjoy
ment of body and spirit. Therefore, the spouses do nothing
evil in seeking this pleasure and enjoyment. They accept
what the Creator has intended for them. At the same time,
spouses should know how to keep themselves within the
limits of just moderation.
49 § 2.
146 Pius XII, Discourse, October 29, 1951.