He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

Matthew 19:5-6

In today’s culture, much is made of Marriage as individual fulfillment. Marriage is often seen from the perspective of personal satisfaction and happiness. However, the true nature of Marriage, or Matrimony as it is referred to by the Church, is not self-satisfaction but self-giving.

marriageLike all Sacraments, Matrimony is intended to make God present in the human world. Matrimony is God’s binding ratification and blessing of a faithful and fruitful relationship between one man and one woman. It not only provides spouses with mutual support and intimacy “til death do us part,” but is also a visible symbol of God’s love for humanity. In Matrimony, husbands and wives are commissioned to love one another in a self-giving way, offering up their own selfish desires for the good of the other. While it is not the ultimate fulfillment of happiness as our society often portrays it, Matrimony is the beginning of a new journey in life, rife with joys and challenges, and (like all good earthly things) is a mysterious hint about the nature of God and the ultimate fulfillment we look forward to in Heaven.

At Our Lady of Ransom, weddings take place on Saturdays at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Weddings on weekdays and Sundays are arranged individually. Please notify one of the priests at least 6 months before you plan your wedding by calling the Ministry Center at 847-823-2550. Families requesting weddings must be registered in the parish prior to making arrangements.