Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cardinal Arinze on marriage

As someone who is preparing for marriage myself, I was interested in what Cardinal Francis Arinze, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, had to say about marriage in an article on zenit.org. A sample:

"'If the family is OK, if marriage is established according to the Creator’s laws, there is hope for the Church and society,' the cardinal said. 'Otherwise we are in trouble, because all of us come from a family.'

"The 74-year-old prelate said he spoke about the 'importance of looking at the Creator’s "instructions." For example, if someone buys a computer, they read the instructions of who made it. If someone buys an airplane, it is in his best interest to follow the instructions of who built the plane.'

"'If we look at marriage and family, we see that they are not invented by man,' he continued. 'The Creator is God and if we want . . . them to function well, we must follow the Creator’s "instructions." In this way we will be on the right path, because God knows what is good for us.'"

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