I Just Have To Ask This...Is there really a "for better or for worse" component to the wedding vow?
"I, take you, to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part."
Or does the part about "to love and to cherish" - when it is not observed in our (the refused's) eyes allow for disregard of other parts?
Does one part of the vow trump another?
Is one part less/more important than another?
"Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love."
--Saint Francis of Assisi
Doesn't it sound like it differs from the following?
"The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist."
--Pope St. Gregory the Great
I'd like to hear your opinions.