My first thought of marriage is how I, as a husband, am called to get my wife to heaven. That is my main goal in my marriage with my wife. I am here to do my best to get her to heaven and vice versa.
There are many other benefits as well as responsibilites that come with this as well. We, as Catholics, are called to know God, to love God and to serve God in this world so that we can be with Him in the next.
To know God, we must have a relationship with Him. Same goes for our spouse, we must have that bond, that relationship, that closeness, that oneness. How do we gain that? We spend time with that person. We come closer to God by praying to Him, spending time with Him. Same goes for our marriage, we spend time with our spouse, we nurture that relationship. We care for it and we give all that we have to it.
To love God means that we give all that we have to Him and for Him. We follow Him and His teachings. For our spouse, we are to love them with all that we have and all that we are each and everyday. Loving them, them alone, forsaking all others for this one person. If it is God’s will the marriage is blessed with children and you again are called to get those blessings back to our Father in heaven and to love them as the Father loves His Son. To love them as Christ loves us, sacrficing for them. The same can be said for our spouse, love your spouse as Christ loved the Church.
We are to serve God, to do His will each day. To be a mirror image of Him to others, showing others Christ in this world. Giving witness to other of Christ and His desire to be in their life. We each have our own special way of doing that. The same goes for our spouse. We have our own special way of showing our love to our spouse and how to serve them. By serving them, I do nto mean waiting on them hand and foot, I refer to this in the context of giving them more than you could ever want for yourself.