I. There is a universal call to holiness, and marriage is the vocation through which most people live out that call.

II. God established marriage at the beginning of humanity for the sake of the husband and wife, for the sake of the children, and for the sake of society.

II. Man and woman reflect God's love and creative goodness in complementary ways. "The respective perfections of man and woman reflect something of the infinite perfections of God: those of a mother and those of a father and husband." Catechism 370. "God created man in His image; in the divine image He created him; male and female, He created them." Genesis 1:27.

III. Married life reflects the union between God and His people. "Conjugal love reveals its true nature and nobility when it is considered in its supreme origin, God, who is love, the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named." Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae (1968) 8.