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For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

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Don't miss the reflections and stories that appear in the St. Anthony Messenger magazine article, "What Have You Done for Your Marriage Today?," marriage.
Newsletter Articles:

"Bringing Your Marriage Into the Church"
by Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin

"The U.S. Bishops’ Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions"
Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions in condensed form

"Cohabitation Before Marriage"
by Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin

"Sacrament of Marriage: Sign of Faithful Love"
by Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., Th.D.

"The Sacrament of Marriage"
by Mary and James Kenny

"Marriage: Supernatural and Sacramental"
by Jim Auer

"Marriage: Forgiving and Being Forgiven"
by Carol Luebering

"Interchurch Marriages: How to Help Them Succeed"
by Elizabeth Bookser Barkley

"Vocations: How Is God Calling Me?"
by Fidelis Tracy, C.D.P.

Update Your Faith:

What does the Sacrament of Marriage reveal to us about God?

How do different religious backgrounds affect a marriage?

Can a Catholic wedding ceremony be held outdoors?

FAQs on other Sacraments



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Fidelis of Sigmaringen: If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint's life. 
<p>Born in 1577, Mark Rey (Fidelis was his religious name) became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed "the poor man's lawyer," Fidelis soon grew disgusted with the corruption and injustice he saw among his colleagues. He left his law career to become a priest, joining his brother George as a member of the Capuchin Order. His wealth was divided between needy seminarians and the poor. </p><p>As a follower of Francis, Fidelis continued his devotion to the weak and needy. During a severe epidemic in a city where he was guardian of a friary, Fidelis cared for and cured many sick soldiers. </p><p>He was appointed head of a group of Capuchins sent to preach against the Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. Almost certain violence threatened. Those who observed the mission felt that success was more attributable to the prayer of Fidelis during the night than to his sermons and instructions. </p><p>He was accused of opposing the peasants' national aspirations for independence from Austria. While he was preaching at Seewis, to which he had gone against the advice of his friends, a gun was fired at him, but he escaped unharmed. A Protestant offered to shelter Fidelis, but he declined, saying his life was in God's hands. On the road back, he was set upon by a group of armed men and killed. </p><p>He was canonized in 1746. Fifteen years later, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, which was established in 1622, recognized him as its first martyr.</p> American Catholic Blog Obedience means total surrender and wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor. All the difficulties that come in our work are the result of disobedience.


 
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