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“Today the truth of marriage calls for special attention. The message of God’s Word may be summed up in an expression found in Genesis and taken up by Jesus himself: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gn 2:24; Mk 10:7-8). This word invites us to be more aware of a reality, already well known but not fully appreciated today: that matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today, especially the de-Christianized world. The union of a man and a woman, their becoming “one flesh,” in fruitful and indissoluble love, is a sign that speaks of God with a force and an eloquence which in our days has unfortunately become greater because for various reasons, marriage is going through a profound crisis. And it is not by chance. Marriage is linked to faith, but not in a general way. Marriage, as a union of faithful and indissoluble love, is based upon the grace that comes from the blessed Trinity, who in Christ loved us with a faithful love, even to the Cross. Today we ought to grasp the full truth of this statement, in contrast to the painful reality of many marriages which, unhappily, end badly. There is a clear link between the crisis in faith and the crisis in marriage. And, as the Church has said and witnessed for a long time now, marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization.”

(Excerpt from Pope Benedict’s homily at the Opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, Oct 7, 2012)