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In a recent wedding prep session, the priest told my fiancé and I that we do not make our marriage vows to each other, but to God, who accepts them and fulfills them on our behalves.
*I have no idea what that means. *
I would like to understand it, though, since I've spent the last year or so preparing to make this commitment to the woman I love, personally, financially, and sacramentally. I think I should understand the theology behind this lifelong agreement I'm about to make (and in my defense, I thought I did).
If you're wondering why I didn't ask him then and there, he said it as an off the cuff remark and then changed the topic. Since I was running on about 2 hours sleep that day, I forgot to ask him about it before I left.
The fulfillment of the sacrament of Matrimony is the reception of the Holy Spirit, which grace strengthens us in our marriage in all respects.
Also, in the Catholic matrimonial covenant there is compliance with divine law, natural law, and canon law. In both the eastern and Latin canon law, the Church must give aproval for a valid marriage involving a Catholic. This is in fulfillment of its Apostolic authority given by Christ to his Church.
Canon 1055.1 The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its own very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children, has, between the baptised, been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Canon 1059 The marriage of catholics, even if only one party is baptised, is governed not only by divine law but also by canon law, without prejudice to the competence of the civil authority in respect of the merely civil effects of the marriage.
Canon 1163.2 A marriage which is invalid because of an impediment of the natural law or of the divine positive law, can be validated retroactively only after the impediment has ceased.