In marriage, we serve God's purpose by procreating with Him. If that isn't mystical enough, what is? In expressing our love for one another in a way particular to marriage, we procreate with God new citizens for Heaven and (Deo Gratias!) we grow in the marital love so necessary to be good parents to those procreated beings! It bothers me a lot to think of focusing on the physical act of love between married persons in some way that gives it significance beyond its primary purpose. Clearly the “unitive” and “self-gifting” ends touted by the “personalist” view are secondary ends of marriage, and should only be appreciated in light of the primary purpose of the marital act.
The true evidence of the exchange of marital love is a conceived child! Fr. William Gardner notes that the sexual act is directed by nature to procreation, though it does have benefits that accrue even if procreation is not achieved in a particular act.
There are those who will continue to stubbornly defend their “right” to purposefully avoid pregnancy in the interest of “responsible parenthood” – even when evidence of the constant teaching of the Church is staring them in the face. They will one dav stand before God and have to answer for the children they didn't have and for all the sex that they thought was more important.
|St. Pelagia, a repentant|
sinner...one of my own
personal patron saints.
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