The New Church has a great deal to say about the sanctity and beauty of true married love, called Conjugial love. In this world many declare they have found their “soul mates”. These feelings may be based on superficial attraction or a recognition of a deeper compatibility. Conjugial love is the marriage of soul mind and body. It is not yet a reality when two fall in love or first marry, but is a process that begins in this world and comes to its fullness in the next. The following quotes from Swedenborg’s theological Writings describe this love.
“Love belonging to the spirit, and to the body as a result of the spirit, is in the souls and minds of married partners, together with friendship and mutual trust.”
“Conjugial love has the quality of each wanting to be the other’s completely and reciprocally. When this is experienced they are in heavenly happiness.”
“The origin of conjugial love is from the marriage of what is good and what is true…”
“Into this love are gathered all joys and all delights from first to last.”
“The states produced by conjugial love are innocence, peace, tranquility, inmost friendship, complete trust, and a mutual desire of mind and heart to do the other every good; also as a result of these…the happiness of heaven.”
“They who are in love truly conjugial look to the eternal in marriage.”
“The correspondence of this love is with the marriage of the Lord and the church. That is, as the Lord loves the church and desires that the church shall love Him, so husband and wife mutually love each other.”
Some find this love on earth, and all who truly desire it, will find it in the world to come. This is a love that any person, married or single, can strive for by looking to the Lord and rejecting things that are contrary to this ideal.
Other marriage quotes
I was browsing through quotes online. Sadly, I found the majority of quotes about marriage are cynical. I did however, find a few that happily married widows and widowers might like.
“The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We will have eternity to show love and appreciation for and to our spouse.
“One of the good things that come of a true marriage is, that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it.” ~George MacDonald
“Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day.” ~Gene Perret
Yes, we can still celebrate that we found each other and will be together again.
“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” ~Ruth Bell Graham
We need to be able to forgive ourselves too.
“The highest happiness on earth is marriage.” ~William Lyon Phelps
And the best is yet to come.
“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” ~Andre Maurois
We still have a lot to say. We might continue this in journaling until we are together again.
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ~Martin Luther
This is why we hurt so much!
“When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in that house and sing for joy.” ~The Brahma Sutras