PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE: A GIFT OF THE CHURCH – OUR GUEST FATHER WILL SUMMERLIN, ASSOCIATE PASTOR, ST. ELIZABETH SETON, CARMEL TALKS WITH FAITH IN ACTION CO HOSTS, BRIGID AYER AND JIM GANLEY ABOUT THE SACRAMENT MARRIAGE AND THE PROCESS OF PREPARING COUPLES FOR A LIFE LONG, HAPPY MARRIAGE. THE WEBPAGE FOR ST. ELIZABETH SETON IS WWW.SETONCARMEL.ORG
By: Brigid Curtis Ayer
Noblesville, IN—Making a marriage work in modern times requires a novel approach. “It’s not a ‘her way’ or ‘his way’ approach that works,” says Dan Farrell, St. Maria Goretti parishioner, but rather a “third option” exists for couples who choose to activate a relationship-building way of life in their marriage.
State’s Interest in Marriage
The state has an interest in marriage. Marriage, in a secular sense, is for the purpose of perpetuating citizens, civilization and taxpayers. Marriage is the institution that bonds the mother and father together to care for their offspring so the state doesn’t have to. Putting religion and the recent constitutionality of same-sex unions aside, the state has a very important interest in marriage between one man and one woman, in a permanent, monogamous union. The logical reason supported by history is marriage across time and culture creates order and stability in society.