Dating marriage family during renaissance
Women married at a young age in order to increase the chances of producing as many heirs as possible.
A woman would have a dowry, or gift presented to her husband, at the time of her marriage.
A dowry could be anything from a monetary sum to livestock for her husband’s farm.
A woman would also carry all her belongings in a special trunk, called a cassoni, that would be presented to her husband.
makes Christian married couples and parents witnesses of Christ “to the ends of the earth,” missionaries, in the true and proper sense, of love and life.” FC n 54 In this new decade of a new millennium, it is timely to turn our attention to the role of marriage and family life in the parish and the wider church.
Marriage is an under-utilized resource in parish life.
To begin courting someone you first must find a suitable candidate.
Marriages were arranged not for reasons of romantic love, but for business reasons, in the interest of trade relations, and sometimes to make or maintain peace between families.
However courting someone from another dynasty is a little harder.
Same thing if the object of your affection has a higher social standing than you do.
This approach has a rich history in the Church and is well developed through a vast social welfare network. It is grounded in a mentality that focuses almost exclusively on the needs of families and thus overlooks their giftedness.
It is important work and part of our Christian responsibility. Rarely are married couples called forth for leadership in Church life specifically because of their coupleness or sacramental charisms.