The Sacramentality and Spirituality of Marriage

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Caruso, Lucio Angelo
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
It is a fact that marriage is the vocational choice of most baptized persons in the church. It is the sacrament, which more than any other, directly touches and impacts the lives of Christ's Faithful. Even for those who do not specifically choose marriage; they have been for the most part born out of and raised in the context of the sacramental union of marriage. Many who live their baptismal calling in a single or celibate lifestyle express how they draw support and strength for their own vocation from the life and witness of sacramental marriage. Anthony Padovanno, in his book, "Love and Destiny: Marriage as God's Gift", sees marriage as the primary sacrament of relationship and love, of which all other sacraments emerge.