Each stage of marriage presents its own joys and sorrows, opportunities and challenges. When understood in the light of Christâ€™s own journey, these moments actually contribute to human growth and spiritual maturity.
That is, a couple sealed in the love of Christ grows in holiness by journeying with Him through the mystery of His own life, death and Resurrection. This movement with Jesus through a sacramental life together, through the daily dying to oneself, to a renewed life in Christ is called the Paschal Mystery. It is the basic model for Christian living and, therefore, for married love.
Christâ€™s love for us, for his Church, is an intimate union of generous, enduring, and fruitful love. The relation between husband and wife both participates in and reflects the loving relationship between Christ and his Church.