Friday, December 12, 2008

Casti Connubii

The encyclical by Pope Pius XI. This encyclical was published in 1930 and, among other things, praises the sanctity of marriage.

Re-reading this today, reflecting on the role of marriage, on my role as a wife. And mother. And as me. Especially post Tokyo work and break.

...This mutual molding of husband and wife, this determined effort to perfect each other, can in a very real sense, as the Roman Catechism teaches, be said to be the chief reason and purpose of matrimony, provided matrimony be looked at not in the restricted sense as instituted for the proper conception and education of the child, but more widely as the blending of life as a whole and the mutual interchange and sharing thereof.

By this same love it is necessary that all the other rights and duties of the marriage state be regulated as the words of the Apostle: "Let the husband render the debt to the wife, and the wife also in like manner to the husband,"[28] express not only a law of justice but of charity.

....The submission of the wife neither ignores nor suppresses the liberty to which her dignity as a human person and her noble functions as wife, mother, and companion give her the full right.

It does not oblige her to yield indiscriminately to all the desires of her husband; and his desires may be unreasonable or incompatible with her wifely dignity.

It does not mean that she is on a level with persons who in law are called minors. .....

But it forbids that exaggerated liberty which cares not for the good of the family; it forbids that in this body which is the family, the heart be separated from the head to the great detriment of the whole body and the proximate danger of ruin.


Mary G said...

Leonie -- thanks for reminding me about this wonderful encyclical ... this is a great one to read as we celebrate the Holy Family!

Glad to have you "back"!

grace said...

I have an award for you.