ARCANUM DIVINAE SAPIENTIAE. Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, published in , on the sacrament of matrimony. Its main thesis is that the marriage contract. Marriage, and its basis in natural law, is addressed by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Arcanum divinae sapientia. This encyclical was published. Arcanum Divinae Sapientiae Christian Marriage Encyclical Letter Pope Leo XIII [ Pope Leo XIII] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
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For, the salutary fear of God being removed, and there being no longer that refreshment in toil which is nowhere more abounding than in the Christian religion, it very often happens, as indeed is natural, that the mutual services and duties of marriage seem almost unbearable; and thus very many yearn for the loosening of the tie which they believe to be woven by human law and of their own djvinae, whenever incompatibility of temper, or quarrels, or the violation of the marriage vow, or mutual consent, or other reasons induce them to think that it would be well to be set free.
The husband is the chief of the family and the head of the wife. Of what advantage is it if a state can institute nuptials estranged from the Christian religion, which is the mother of all arcanuum, cherishing all sublime virtues, quickening and urging us to everything that is the glory of a lofty and generous soul?
It points out as a consequence, that the Church, ssapientiae asserting its authority over the marriage contract, has shown itself not the enemy but the best friend of the civil power and the guardian of civil society. Ardanum, as We have shown in former encyclical letters, 56 the intellect of man is greatly ennobled by the Christian faith, and made better able to shun and banish all error, while faith borrows in turn no little help from the intellect; and in like manner, when the civil power is on friendly terms with the sacred authority of the Church, there accrues to both a great increase of usefulness.
Hence arose the idea of the dissolubility of marriage and divorce, superseding arrcanum unity and indissolubility of the marriage bond.
That the judgment of the Council of Jerusalem reprobated licentious and free love, 20 we all know; as also that the incestuous Corinthian was condemned by the sapientiqe of blessed Paul.
These many and glorious fruits were ever the product of marriage, so long as it retained those gifts of holiness, unity, and indissolubility from which proceeded all its fertile and saving power; nor can anyone doubt but that it would always have brought forth such fruits, at all times and in all places, had it been under the power and guardianship of the Church, the trustworthy preserver and protector of these gifts.
Moreover, plurality of wives and husbands, as well as divorce, caused the nuptial bond to be relaxed exceedingly.
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The marriage contract, Divinely instituted, had from the beginning two sapientaie But it is easy to see at a glance the greatness of the evil which unhallowed marriages have brought, and ever will bring, on the whole of human society. The Moral Quandary of Frozen Embryos”.
He ennobled the marriage in Cana of Galilee by His presence, and made it memorable by the first of the miracles which he wrought; 7 and for this reason, even from that day forth, it seemed as if the beginning of new holiness had been conferred on human marriages.
Savio rated it it was amazing Mar 19, To sum up all in a few words, there would be a calm and quiet constancy in marriage if married people would gather strength and life from the virtue of religion alone, which imparts to us resolution and fortitude; for religion would enable them to bear tranquilly and even gladly the trials of their state, such as, for instance, the faults that they discover in one another, the difference of temper and character, the weight of a mother’s cares, the wearing anxiety about the education of children, reverses of fortune, and the sorrows of life.
To the Apostles, indeed, as our masters, are to be referred the doctrines which “our holy Fathers, the Councils, and the Tradition of the Universal Church have always taught,” 9 namely, that Christ our Lord raised marriage to the dignity of a sacrament; that to husband and wife, guarded and strengthened by the heavenly grace which His merits gained for them, He gave power to attain holiness in the married state; and that, in a wondrous way, making marriage an example of the mystical union between Himself and His Church, He not only perfected that love which is according to nature, 10 but also made the naturally indivisible union of one man with one woman far more perfect through the bond of heavenly love.
Arnobius, Adversus Gentes, 4 sic, perhaps l, Paul says to the Ephesians: Since the husband represents Christ, and since the wife represents the Church, let there always be, both in him who commands and in her who obeys, a heaven-born love guiding both in their respective duties.
Arcanum Divinae (Christian Marriage)
Views Read Edit View history. Want to Read saving…. He is well known for his intellectualism, the development of social teachings with his famous papal encyclical [Book: Anselm’s De voluntate Dei. The Natural Law and the Common Good: Jerome on the Natural Law 1 St. From such marriages as these the State may rightly expect a race of citizens animated by a good spirit and filled with reverence and love for God, recognizing it their duty to obey those who rule justly and lawfully, to love all, and to injure no one.
From the Gospel we see clearly that this doctrine was declared and openly confirmed by the divine authority of Jesus Christ.
As regards children, they ought to submit to the parents and obey them, and give them honor for conscience’ sake; while, on the other hand, parents are bound to give all care and watchful thought to the education of their offspring and their virtuous bringing up: Great indeed is the force of example, and even greater still the might of passion.
The Church, always and everywhere, has so used her power with reference to the marriages of Christians that men have seen clearly how it belongs to her as of native right; not being made hers by any human grant, but given divinely to her by the will of her Founder.
Mohr Leipzig, p. In the West, the discrepancy between the natural law of marriage and the positive law is the result of the secular State’s intentional rejection of the public role of Christ the reign of Christ the King and the jurisdiction of the Church over those areas of her competence and then later an intentional rejection of any notion of natural law. For, first, there has been vouchsafed to the marriage union a higher and nobler purpose than was ever previously given to it.
Mr Roi September 21, at Albert the Great and the Natural Law 2 St. It is of the greatest consequence to husband and wife that all these things should be known and well understood by them, in order that they may conform to the laws of the State, if there be no objection on the part of the Church; for the Church wishes the effects of marriage to be guarded in all possible ways, and that no harm may come to the children.
Further, the civil law can deal with and decide those matters alone which in the civil order spring from marriage, and which cannot possibly exist, as is evident, unless there be a true and lawful cause of them, that is to say, the nuptial bond. Lingenthal, Leipzig,Vol. Lex Christianorum February 8, at They are bound, namely, to have such feelings for one another as to cherish always very great mutual love, to be ever faithful to their marriage vow, and to give one another an unfailing and unselfish help.
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