The world today, and particularly Western society, has devalued the idea of love. In both public and private life love is trivialized, discounted, and abused. In response to contemporary cultural trends that diminish love at every turn, this timely volume offers a theological discussion of love with nuptiality as its guiding thread. Written by a bright new leader in the Catholic Church, this book traces out the nuptial character present in all manifestations of love and applies it specifically to the man-woman relationship. Angelo Cardinal Scola explores the essential sexual differences that both separate and unite men and women, and he shows how men and women realize their purpose and meaning in marriage and family life. Original and engaging, this book is both a biblically grounded celebration of love apposite to our times and a needed defense of marriage for Christians grappling with current attempts to challenge and redefine marriage and family.