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Marriage - A Deeper Understanding

Marriage is a Covenant

"God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond." (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)


The Sacrament of Matrimony... a visible sign of God's love for the Church.  When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity; a covenant in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai.  It is a divine covenant that can never be broken; a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.


The Sacrament of Matrimony... spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church;

...perfects the human love of the spouses; strengthens their indissoluble unity;

...sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.  (CCC 1661)

Marital love is exemplified in the total gift of one's self to another.  It's this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.


"Marriage is based on the consent of the cotnracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenany of faithful and fruitful love." (CCC 1662)

Do you currently need help with your marriage?

Whether you believe that you might just need a little extra support or advice, or whether you feel like life is tearing your marriage apart, we can help.   

Contact Bonnie Ussery in Pastoral Care (813) 413-8351 or Deacon Mark or Cindy Taylor (813) 813-505-9022.  All communication is kept confidential.

Marriage Enrichment and Healing Opportunities:

  • Worldwide Marriage Encounter

    A weekend retreat that will deepend your bond, helping create a more "intimate and sacramental partnership."  Held periodically throughout the year at the Franciscan Center in Tampa.
  • Renueva tu Matrimonio
  • Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Marriages. Weekend program to help husbands and wives resestablish communication and gain new insights into each other and as a couple.
  • Remarriage  A Diocesan program with 4 sessions to encourage conflict resolution and enhance your marriage.


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