According to Catholic teaching, a sacramental marriage is a promise made, in front of God and the Church, to be faithful and true to one person until death. Through marriage, the couple’s committed love becomes “an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man.” (CCC 1604) As love is not directed at the self but for the sake of the other, it finds as one result the willingness to be open to welcome life as a result of that love, resulting in children. So, a Catholic marriage is: freely entered into, knowing that what it represents; is indissoluble, only ending in the death; total and exclusive to only one person; and open to creating new life. That’s a lot! No wonder grace is required! Precisely through this sacrament God gives the couple the grace to be able to reflect, in some small measure, God’s own love for his people.
There are always arguments in marriages, and at times even plates are thrown. But we must not be said about this: this is human condition. And the secret is that love is stronger than the moments in which we argue, and I therefore always advise married couples never to let the day draw to an end without making peace. There is no need to call in the United Nations peacekeepers. A little gesture is enough: a caress, see you tomorrow, and tomorrow we start afresh. This is life, and we must face it in this way, with the courage of living it together. Married life is beautiful, and must be protected.