Three to Get Married
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By Fulton J. Sheen
“Willed by God in the very act of creation, marriage and the family are interiorly ordained to fulfillment in Christ…” Thirty years before these words appeared in Pope St. John Paul II’s Familiaris consortio, Fulton J. Sheen offered to the Church and the world Three to Get Married: a profound yet accessible articulation of this selfsame Christian vision of love and marriage. “Love is trinity; sex is duality,” Bishop Sheen avers: love and marriage elevate sexuality into a life-giving, life-affirming covenant, because love and marriage are ordained by God to just that purpose. “The ultimate reason why it takes three to make love is that God is Love, and His Love is Triune.” Marriage brings this mystery to light brilliantly: lover, beloved, and love are present in the relationships between husband and wife and God and between children, mother, and father—and in these capacities the human person and human society attain their full flourishing.
In [marriage], the dream of the bride and groom for eternal happiness really comes true, not in themselves alone, but through themselves. Now they love each other not as they dreamed they would, but as God dreamed they would. (Fulton J. Sheen)
A milestone in Christian philosophy and pastoral counsel, Three to Get Married is a clarion call to the truth, goodness and beauty of human love within the elevated status of Christian marriage and family, in which God serves as the sure and sustaining force of that unity which no man shall put asunder.
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Fulton J. Sheen (1895–1979) was one of the most renowned Catholic priests of the twentieth century. An eminent scholar, prolific author, and natural entertainer, Sheen provided insight into the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith for millions around the world through his scores of books and countless radio and television programs. His cause for canonization was opened in 2002, and in 2012 Pope Benedict XVI declared him “Venerable.”