Marriage as a Sacrament: The Theology of the Body

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“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. As the Church submits to Christ, so let wives also submit themselves in everything twim-28-social-media-image-2to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (eph 5:21,24-25)

The wife’s “submission” to the husband means experiencing of love. This is all the more so because the submission of the Church to Christ consists in experiencing his love.When we redefine marriage we “redefine” Christianity. We redefine the very meaning of our humanity. “The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. The Church cannot be understood unless we keep in mind the “great mystery” expressed in ‘one flesh’ union) of marriage and the Family. Christ’s love is free, total, faithful, and fruitful. Spouses therefore become “one flesh”

Marriage is not only one of the seven sacraments but a model of all the sacraments. The goal of all the sacraments which is the goal of the Christian life itself- to unite the Bridegroom (Christ) and the Bride (the Church) and to fill the Church with divine life.


About the Author
Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, CSJ, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1951; she has been involved in education from elementary school to high school. She served as principal of St. Clare Elementary School and taught chemistry in Holy Family High School, was Assistant Principal and Dean of Students in St. Anthony High School. Sister Elizabeth Geraghty, retired in June 2011 and now volunteers in the Diocesan Respect Life Office as coordinator of Project Rachel and at the Heart Assisted Living Facility.