Excerpt From: Müller, Michael, 1825-1899. “Grace and the sacraments.” New York ; benziger, 1882.
"But God gave Eve to Adam, not only to be a helpmate for him, but also to be his wife. He wished that, through them, the human race should be perpetuated and live to the End of the world: "He created them male and female : Then he blessed them and said : Increase and multiply, and fill the earth." (Gen. i, 27.) These two are spoken of as the ends of marriage before the fall of man. But after the fall, when now the flesh was no longer obedient to the spirit, there was a third end of marriage: it was to be a means by which men might more easily avoid offending God by sins of impurity. And so St. Paul, in speaking of those who do not possess the gift of continence, says : " To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." (1 Cor. Vii, 2.)
Marriage as such is a contract, which is defined, " the lawful union of a man and a woman, by which they give themselves up, one to the other, for mutual society and the propagation of the human race."
“Again, as the union of Christ with his Church is fruitful in bringing forth new children to God, so the union of the Catholic husband and wife is fruitful, not only in bringing forth children to the world, but in leading them by faith to Christ and to his Church. Thus the sublime end of their marriage is to add members to the Church of Christ, and to increase the number of the elect in the kingdom of God.
"There is, indeed, nothing more pure, more sublime, more holy, than the Catholic doctrine of matrimony. It is full of wonders, which charm, while they astonish us: it sanctifies.”
“Thy child's a gift which God himself hath given: Stain not thy soul with crime that cries to heaven. Far better see around thy board a score, Than bar one soul from heav'n for evermore.”