You need to love your wife not for the flesh, but for her pure soul and kind heart. The wife has something that the husband does not have; she spiritually complements it, and vice versa. Therefore, in the relations between spouses with great force, those features of spirit, mind and heart, which are peculiar only to man and only to woman, should manifest themselves.
The rudeness of the male heart is filled with the tenderness and purity of the wife’s heart, for the heart of a woman is much thinner and more capable of spiritual love.
And a wife ... when communicating with a husband should fill her lack of strength, depth of mind with her knowledge, his strong will. A man and a woman should become married with one body and one soul. From their union must be born something higher, connecting all the good and great that is in each of them.
St. Luke of Crimea
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