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Life in Christ

567

III.

T

he

L

ove of

H

usband and

W

ife

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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.

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“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

until death.”

143

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.

144

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“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.”

145

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.

146

143

FC

11.

144

Tob

8:4-9.

145

GS

49 § 2.

146 Pius XII, Discourse, October 29, 1951.

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