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Marriage As Sacrament

Marriage As Sacrament

When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage between two baptized persons is a sacrament, it is saying that the couple’s relationship expresses in a unique way the unbreakable bond of love between Christ and his people.


Love and truth never abandon people

From Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: Love and truth never abandon [people] completely, because these are the vocation planted by God in the heart and mind of every human person (Pope Benedict XVI).


Marriage Programs

Marriage Programs

There are many marriage enrichment programs for couples who want to strengthen and deepen their marriages. So many, in fact, that it may be hard to know what will fit you best.


Books and Articles

Books and Articles

There are thousands of books and resources designed to support your marriage. Following is a sample of current and classic ones to get you started.


Counseling

Counseling

Your marriage and family relationships are your deepest and most profound treasures. Yet, like a precious metal that becomes tarnished, your cherished relationships can sometimes become lackluster and dull.


Holy Sex

Holy Sex

If this book does not contain everything you want to know about sex, it tries to come close. Underlying all the information and advice is the principle that proper use of sexuality is holy and makes a person holy.


After the Glass Slipper

After the Glass Slipper

The dream of couples who marry is to live “happily ever after.” With the passage of a little time, however, each spouse notices changes in the other; a variety of conflicts arise. Then, say the authors of “After the Glass Slipper,” the spouses may ask where the person they married went and if it is going to be possible for them to achieve their dream.


Grieving With Grace

Grieving With Grace

A few months after her husband’s death, Dolores Leckey went to dinner with a small group of women, all of whom, except one, were single. “I noticed how I still feel very married,” she wrote afterward in her journal. She added, “At some point in a long marriage we become aware of something like fusion.”


9 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage

9 Ways to Nurture Your Marriage

Nine is the key number in this book, and the starting point is everyday experience rather than William Rabior’s observations as a psychotherapist. By talking with many people whose marriages appear to be solid and happy, the Rabiors distilled nine factors they believe are essential for a successful marriage.


God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy

God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy

With a string of degrees and attributions after their combined names, these authors can be expected to offer solid information and practical advice gleaned from their therapy practice with couples. In God Knows Marriage Isn’t Always Easy they also offer wisdom gained from their own 20-year marriage, captivating stories about other couples and inspiring quotations from a wide variety of sources.


The Honeymoon Habit

The Honeymoon Habit

His rules for handling conflict in marriage rank among Tony Garascia’s most valuable “lessons” in “The Honeymoon Habit.” One rule states, “Treat the other with respect by the use of eye contact, calm voice tone, nonthreatening body posture and by respectful speech.”


The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse

In “The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse,” Art and Laraine Bennett provide a guide for husbands and wives who recognize how different their temperaments are, but wonder what to do about it.


Let Me Sow Light

Let Me Sow Light

Amy Viets and Bernadette Stankard write from their personal experience of living with husbands who suffer from depression. They share other husbands’ and wives’ experiences of living with a depressed spouse. A chapter titled “You’re Not Alone” reviews avenues of support. A section on the lifeline of community relates one man’s experience of unburdening himself […]


PMAT: The Perfect Marriage Aptitude Test

PMAT: The Perfect Marriage Aptitude Test

“Respect is the number one ingredient in a healthy relationship. If you respect your partner, you will set a positive foundation for all of your communication,” Mary Carty writes in PMAT: The Perfect Marriage Aptitude Test.


The Love Dare

The Love Dare

The Love Dare is a 40-day plan of action for improving marriage, whether the marriage is healthy and strong or hanging by a thread. On each of 40 days, this best-selling book dares a husband or wife to foster unconditional love in their marriage in a specific way.


Together But Alone

Together But Alone

Do you and your spouse relate to God differently? Are you avoiding spiritual growth out of fear that it might damage your marriage? Has a potent religious experience driven a wedge between you and your spouse? Does God call a husband or wife to move forward while leaving his or her partner behind?


The Good Marriage Guide

The Good Marriage Guide

“The key to developing a successful marriage” is found in “personal change and growth,” John Farrelly says in “The Good Marriage Guide.” The author is director of counseling for ACCORD, the nationwide marriage care service of the Catholic Church in Ireland.


The Marriage Benefit

The Marriage Benefit

“Think and talk about commitment in positive terms,” Mark O’Connell advises couples in The Marriage Benefit. Nowadays, he says, “commitment can legitimately be considered a radical, even ‘cool’ choice, not a conventional one.”


Called to Marriage

Called to Marriage

Carol Leubering had been married more than 50 years when she wrote this little book. Her own marital journey with Jack informs its pages, as do the journeys of other couples whose stories she shares.


Prayers for the Newly Married

Prayers for the Newly Married

Don’t let “Newly Married” in its title prevent you from giving this attractive book to a couple on their first or fifth anniversary. Not only does the book’s square, hardcover format and reasonable price make it an ideal gift, but it also has prayers to last for a lifetime of marriage.


What Do You Want From Me?

What Do You Want From Me?

What would the world’s comedians do without jokes about in-laws? Cultural images of meddling mothers-in-law, good-for-nothing sons-in-law and intrusive siblings-in-law are so pervasive that they may cloud awareness that our in-laws are important to us–and we to them.


The Husband Handbook

The Husband Handbook

This is a book for and about husbands, though I’m certain many wives would enjoy it too. The authors of The Husband Handbook are determined to speak about marriage and its challenges in a manner designed to appeal to many men.


Loving for a Lifetime

Loving for a Lifetime

In the past century, life expectancy has increased by 30 years. Richard Johnson believes God has given human beings an additional three decades so that they can draw upon the wisdom of the mature years, an age when spiritual growth can flourish.


Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day

Robert and Rita Boeke, who have been married more than 40 years, take turns telling the story of their marriage in Forever and a Day. Chapter by chapter, each tells – from his or her own perspective — how they first met, or how they learned to deal with money, or how they sought a balance between the time invested in their jobs and in their marriage.


The Four Seasons of Marriage

The Four Seasons of Marriage

“Every marriage is still in process,” says Gary Chapman. In The Four Seasons of Marriage, he describes how marriages commonly move from one season to another – from summer to fall or perhaps from winter to spring. He differs from some writers, however, in holding that each season may repeat itself numerous times over the long course of a marriage.


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