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.