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416 • Part III. Christian Morality: The Faith Lived

the spouses, and of the children who are more fragile. Families

themselves must become increasingly conscious of the care due

to children, and play an active role in the Church and in society

in safeguarding their rights.

—NMI, no. 47


Father, to reveal the plan of your love, you made the union of

husband and wife

an image of the covenant between you and your people.

In the fulfillment of this sacrament, the marriage of Christian

man and woman

is a sign of the marriage between Christ and the Church.

—From the Nuptial Blessing

Set me as a seal on your heart, / as a seal on your arm.

—Sg 8:6