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By Jack Rigert, Catholic Exchange, March 1, 2023

Jack Rigert is a co-founder of the John Paul II Renewal Center and the host of the “Become Who You Are” podcast. Jack was a professional chef and entrepreneur who owned restaurants, real estate, and a financial service company. …

Avatar photoThen God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”

God created man in His image; In the divine image He created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying to them: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it”. (Gen 1:26-28)

The marriage of man and woman is the primordial sign or sacrament that makes visible the image of God, of divine life and love, in the created world. Open to procreation, be fertile and multiply, the family becomes a path common for all, yet one which is particular, unique and unrepeatable, just as every individual is unrepeatable; it is a path from which man cannot withdraw. The family has its origin in that same love with which the Creator embraces the created world, “in the beginning”, in the Book of Genesis (Letter to families, 2). …

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