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Duties of a Wife

“And the parents taking their daughter kissed her, and let her go: Admonishing her to honour her father and mother-in-law, to love her husband, to take care of the family, to govern the house, and to behave herself irreprehensibly.”

Tobit 10:12-13

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  1. gsoares gsoares October 31, 2022

    There is also an article from the Summa which I thought was interesting. This is from the Supplement of the Summa, Question 44, article 2:

    Whether matrimony is fittingly named?

    I answer that, Three things may be considered in matrimony. First, its essence, which is a joining together, and in reference to this it is called the “conjugal union”; secondly, its cause, which is the wedding, and in reference to this it is called the “nuptial union” from “nubo” [*The original meaning of ‘nubo’ is ‘to veil’], because at the wedding ceremony, whereby the marriage is completed, the heads of those who are wedded are covered with a veil [*This is still done in some countries]; thirdly, the effect, which is the offspring, and in reference to this it is called “matrimony,” as Augustine says (Contra Faust. xix, 26), because “a woman’s sole purpose in marrying should be motherhood.” Matrimony may also be resolved into “matris munium” [*i.e. munus], i.e. a mother’s duty, since the duty of bringing up the children chiefly devolves on the women; or into “matrem muniens,” because it provides the mother with a protector and support in the person of her husband; or into “matrem monens,” as admonishing her not to leave her husband and take up with another man; or into “materia unius,” because it is a joining together for the purpose of providing the matter of one offspring as though it were derived from {monos} and “materia”; or into “matre” and “nato,” as Isidore says (Etym. ix), because it makes a woman the mother of a child.
    Reply to Objection 1: Although the father ranks above the mother, the mother has more to do with the offspring than the father has. or we may say that woman was made chiefly in order to be man’s helpmate in relation to the offspring, whereas the man was not made for this purpose. Wherefore the mother has a closer relation to the nature of marriage than the father has.

    • williamcmichael williamcmichael Post author | October 31, 2022

      Thanks, Guilherme. Notice that because we don’t articulate these things today, like “a woman’s sole purpose in marrying should be motherhood”, we can’t answer when someone asks, “Why can’t homosexuals get married?” Abandoning the true standards of Christian institutions, arguments against false positions are lost. This is common in modern Christian society.

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