An American edition of Canon Leclerque's Le Mariage Chretien, this book will fill a great need among many Catholics to have an integrated exposition of the full meaning of marriage, and an accurate meaning of it, in the Catholic scheme of life. At once speculative and practical, and simultaneously appreciative of the beauty and meaning of love between man and woman, the transfiguration of this love which takes place in the Christian sacrament of matrimony and the practical difficulties associated with the living of the Christian ideal of marriage, this volume can be a source of great clarification, inspiration and practical help for those contemplating marriage and for those already married. There is no false idealism propounded here and no Manichaean approach to sex, love and marriage, while at the same time there is an uncompromising ideal of sacredness and morality with regard to these matters constantly explained and urged throughout. More detailed discussion of immorality in marriage, would probably enhance the value of the book from a practical standpoint. In the final analysis, the book must be declared to be a profound discussion of the sacrament of matrimony, of married love, the passions, children in marriage, sterile unions and Christian spirituality in the married state.