marriage debt


I have been reading “Introduction To The Devout Life” by Francis De Sales and came across the following text in ‘The Second Part of the Introduction.2 ‘:

’It is improper, although not a grave sin, to solicit payment of the marriage debt on Communion days, but it is not improper but meritorious to pay it. Hence no one ought to be kept from Communion for paying this debt, if otherwise their devotion incites them to seek Communion."

What is a marriage debt? :confused:


I think it’s the obligation to have sex with your spouse.


When I read the book, that’s what I understood it to mean as well. The marital act, or sexual intercourse.


Thanks…wasn’t sure if it was just the language of his time or I was missing something else.


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