What would being married be like without “Sacrament?” We often wonder why there are so many broken and unhappy marriages…My thoughts are that people are either not living their marriage as a sacrament, even when they stood before God and Church and said they would, or they are just plainly not married in the sacramental sense. I think one of the Greats would agree!
Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Acranum Divinae
“The dignity of the sacrament must be considered, for through addition of the sacrament the marriages of Christians have become far the noblest of all matrimonial unions. But to decree and ordain concerning the sacrament is, by the will of Christ Himself, so much a part of the power and duty of the Church that it is plainly absurd to maintain that even the very smallest fraction of such power has been transferred to the civil ruler.”