The Fathers of the Church, from the evangelist John
attest to the reinstitution and sanctification of
Christ and its elevation to a mystical
Ignatius (Antioch, d. 110), Letter to Polycarp, MG 5, 724
Tell my sisters to
love the Lord and to be satisfied with their
husbands in flesh and spirit. In the same way tell
in the name of Jesus Christ to love their wives as
does the Church. If anyone is able to persevere in
to the honor of the flesh of the Lord, let him do so
in all humility.
If he is boastful about it, he is lost; if he should
union should be made with the consent of the bishop,
marriages may be according to the Lord and not
of lust. Let all be done to the glory of God.