PREPARATION FOR MARRIAGE II: PROXIMATE PREPARATION: A Stable Job, Adequate Financial Resources…

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Introduction

In its document, Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage, no. 32, the Pontifical Council for the Family wrote: “Proximate preparation takes place during the period of engagement. It consists of specific courses and must be distinguished from immediate preparation.”   Unfortunately, because I misread what John Paul II had to say about “immediate preparation” in Familiaris Consortio 66, I had considered the engagement period to be part of the ”immediate preparation” for marriage. Thus, the two earlier essays in this series on the “proximate preparation for marriage” should in fact have been included as part of the “remote preparation for marriage.” I apologize for my error. This is the first piece of three on “proximate preparation.” A final essay will focus on “immediate preparation.”

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