214. At times, the couple does not grasp the theological and spiritual import of the words of consent, which illuminate the meaning of all the signs that follow. It needs to be stressed that these words cannot be reduced to the present; they involve a totality that includes the future: "until death do us part". The content of the words of consent makes it clear that "freedom and fidelity are not opposed to one another; rather, they are mutually supportive, both in interpersonal and social relationships. Indeed, let us consider the damage caused, in our culture of global communication, by the escalation of unkept promises... Honoring one's word, fidelity to one's promises: these things that cannot be brought and sold. They cannot be compelled by force or maintained without sacrifice".243
243 Catechesis (21 October 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 22 October 2015, p.12.
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