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[Heb. 12:25–26, 13:22–25; Mark 10:2–12] What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. With these words the Lord affirms the integrity of marriage; only one lawful ground for divorce is indicat ed — a spouse’s unfaithfulness. But what should one do if one discovers something like this? Be patient. We have a universal commandment —to bear one another’s burdens; even more willingly should close ones, such as spouses,mutually fulfill this with respect to one another. Unwill ingness to be patient blows up some unpleasantness out of proportion, and trifles pile up into a dividing wall. What is the mind given us for? To smooth out the path of life. Wis dom will work out any unpleasant ness which is met. Because of lack of earthly wisdom, it not worked out; even more because of an un willingness to think over well the state of things, and even more from not having any goal in life other than pleasure. Pleasures cease, sat isfaction with one another ceases; on it goes until divorce. The more goals in life are debased, the more frequent divorces become on the one hand, and on the other — un lawful temporary cohabitation. The source of this evil lies in materialis tic views of the world and life.
Saint Theophan the Recluse