An exploration of Holy Matrimony from Genesis to the Wedding of the Lamb
By Father Robert J. Altier
This life is preparation for eternity, and from the beginning, God created marriage to help married couples become saints. Indeed, God has given to married couples the profound gift of being able to fulfill the purpose of their creation through, with, and in each other. Marriage is a foreshadowing of Heaven, and each married couple must work with God if their marriage is to be a foretaste of eternity.
In this thought-provoking and uplifting book, Fr. Robert Altier unpacks the theological significance of the Sacrament of Marriage and brilliantly explains how it has been a part of God’s plan from the beginning — and will eventually be fulfilled at the Marriage Banquet of the Lamb in Heaven. Teeming with practical wisdom and clear examples, these pages delve into the surpassing dignity of marriage as a covenant and a sacrament — and a call to holiness.
Fr. Altier tackles contemporary questions and concerns such as the real meaning of “being subject to one another” in marriage and those sensitive and controversial issues regarding sexual morality. He also explains:
+ The definitive reasons why marriage can exist only between a man and a woman
+ How to avoid settling for mediocrity in love and service to others
+ How the married couple embodies the life-giving love of the Most Blessed Trinity
+ The necessity of prayer in marriage for the individual, the couple, and the family
+ Why the Sacrament of Marriage makes the couple a new creation
+ How marriage leads to overcoming sinful tendencies and makes saints
“A remarkable expression of the priestly mission which is, first and foremost, at the service
of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and its incomparable fruit, the family”
— RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE
“As I read through it, I was deeply challenged and convicted of my own self-centeredness
throughout the years of my marriage. This book is desperately needed in our time.”
— DR. BOB SCHUCHTS, Founder, John Paul II Healing Center
“This book demonstrates that marriage — the first sacrament God instituted in the Garden
of Eden — is the normal means that God has given most Catholics to become holy.”
— JESSE AND ANITA ROMERO, Virgin Most Powerful Radio
“Essential reading for anyone contemplating marriage as well
as those who’ve already entered the Sacrament.”
—DREW AND CATHY MARIANI, Relevant Radio
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