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“Instead, he beamed beatifically and loosed a soft fart.” – Hood, by Stephen Lawhead. Also a descriptor of our baby.

“The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 am for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.” – Timothy Keller

“Even the very best instruction given by the Church, however, will not alone suffice to bring about once more conformity of marriage to the law of God; something more is needed in addition to the education of the mind, namely a steadfast determination of the will, on the part of husband and wife, to observe the sacred laws of God and of nature in regard to marriage. In fine, in spite of what others may wish to assert and spread abroad by word of mouth or in writing, let husband and wife resolve: to stand fast to the commandments of God in all things that matrimony demands; always to render to each other the assistance of mutual love; to preserve the honor of chastity; not to lay profane hands on the stable nature of the bond; to use the rights given them by marriage in a way that will be always Christian and sacred, more especially in the first years of wedlock, so that should there be need of continency afterwards, custom will have made it easier for each to preserve it. In order that they may make this firm resolution, keep it and put it into practice, an oft-repeated consideration of their state of life, and a diligent reflection on the sacrament they have received, will be of great assistance to them. Let them constantly keep in mind, that they have been sanctified and strengthened for the duties and for the dignity of their state by a special sacrament, the efficacious power of which, although it does not impress a character, is undying. To this purpose we may ponder over the words full of real comfort of holy Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, who with other well-known theologians with devout conviction thus expresses himself: “The sacrament of matrimony can be regarded in two ways: first, in the making, and then in its permanent state. For it is a sacrament like to that of the Eucharist, which not only when it is being conferred, but also whilst it remains, is a sacrament; for as long as the married parties are alive, so long is their union a sacrament of Christ and the Church.”

“Let not, then, those who are joined in matrimony neglect the grace of the sacrament which is in them; for, in applying themselves to the careful observance, however laborious, of their duties they will find the power of that grace becoming more effectual as time goes on.” – Castii Conubii

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“And it shall be in that day,” saith the Lord, “that she shall call me, ‘My husband,’ and she shall call me Baal no more.

“And in that day I will make a covenant with them, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the air, and with the creeping things of the earth; and I will destroy the bow, and the sword, and war out of the land; and I will make them sleep secure.

“And I will espouse thee to Me for ever; and I will espouse thee to Me in justice, and judgement, and in mercy, and in commiserations.

“And I will espouse thee to Me in faith; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.

“And I will say to that which was not my people: ‘Thou art my people’; and they shall say: ‘Thou art my God.'”

– Hosea 2:16, 18-20, 24

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I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: and with the robe of justice He hath covered me, as a bridegroom decked with a crown, and as a bride adorned with her jewels.  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, ans as the garden causeth her seed to shoot forth: so shall the Lord God make justice to spring forth, and praise before all the nations.

– Isaiah 61:10-11

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God Himself, from the beginning of the world, instituted marriage to unite a couple by a bond as sacred as it is unbreakable.  Since men, having corrupted their ways, eventually forgot the excellence of this union; since it was dishonored by the divorces of pagans; since, among the Hebrews of old, it was not maintained in all its perfection, Jesus Christ re-established it to its original state; and not only did He declare this alliance one and indissoluble – as it was from its very institution – but He even elevated it to the dignity of a sacrament.

– Marriage allocution from Paris, 1839, via Foley’s Marriage Rites

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Love is like pi: natural, irrational, and very important. – Lisa Hoffman

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