Marriage as an institution faces many challenges today. This volume presents essential wisdom from the 2000 year-old Christian tradition that is as true and valuable today as it always was. The readings present positive resources for understanding the sacrament of marriage as a beautiful and sacred Christian vocation, a context in which difficult times can be worked through with grace. Marriage also involves family, even if the couple has no children. In marrying a spouse, one marries his or her whole family. The readings embrace family life as well.
Matthew Levering is associate professor of theology at Ave Maria College. He is author of On the Priesthood, On Death and Dying, and On Prayer and Contemplation.
Chapter 1 Hermas Chapter 2 St. Clement of Alexandria Chapter 3 Tertullian Chapter 4 St. Gregory of Nazianzus Chapter 5 St. Gregory of Nyssa Chapter 6 St. Augustine Chapter 7 Hugh of St. Victor Chapter 8 St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter 9 St. Birgitta of Sweden Chapter 10 St. Thomas More Chapter 11 St. Teresa of Avila Chapter 12 St. Jane de Chantal Chapter 13 The Second Vatican Council Chapter 14 Pope John Paul II Chapter 15 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta