Archive for ‘About Catholic Marriage’
“The Questions before the Consent” are an important part of a Catholic wedding ceremony. True to its name, this moment entails the celebrant (priest or deacon) asking the bride and groom a series of questions immediately before they exchange their consent and are married. As the Order of Celebrating Matrimony explains, these questions involve the […]
The Nuptial Blessing is a beautiful moment in the Catholic wedding ceremony. It takes place after the bride and groom have exchanged their consent and so have become husband and wife. In this blessing, the celebrant (priest or deacon) prays for the married couple and asks that God give them special graces, including fidelity, the […]
For couples married outside of the Church, the convalidation process can help them establish a valid Catholic union. This brings many blessings to a family!
It’s summer, and perhaps you have time for a little extra reading–maybe even some spiritual reading. But where to start? Here are a few suggestions.
On July 3, the celebrant at Sunday Mass will wear green vestments for the first time in four months. The change of color reflects the return to “Ordinary Time.” It’s the longest of the Church’s liturgical seasons and, says Fr. Larry Rice, the most challenging.
In his second article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer examines the Genesis creation story in light of the human body, which is “made for genuine love.”
Join us in reading through chapter 4 of Pope Francis’s post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love). Each day will have a short section of the text and a suggestion of how to live it in your marriage and family life. #ALBootcamp
For Catholics, Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a season. Why do we have 50 days to celebrate?
Looking for Lenten resolutions to do with your spouse? Try these, inspired by Pope Francis!
The Advent season this year began on Sunday, November 29th. How does your family celebrate Advent? Here is a list of time-honored traditions to prepare your hearts and home for the coming of the Christ Child.
The brand new USCCB statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart” addresses all aspects of pornography use in our culture today, with a word of hope and healing to those who have been negatively affected by it.
Reflecting on chapter 10 of the World Meeting of Families catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare speaks about the courage and self-discipline necessary to respect the holiness and fertility of sex in marriage. NFP can help!
In his reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Andrew Lichtenwalner reflects on the feminine imagery we use to describe the Church. She is our “Mother,” the “Bride of Christ,” and the “New Eve.”
In a reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla considers the role of the Church as a mother who seeks her children’s happiness and freedom by “preserving the truth of the Gospel.”
In his first article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer addresses the unique goodness of the human body and its ability to make spiritual realities tangible.
In the Fall of 2014, Fr. Chris Singer, chancellor of the Diocese of Erie, presented a lecture series on the Theology of the Body. His articles, which appeared in the FAITH magazine of the Diocese of Erie, are reprinted here with permission. Article #1: Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples? In […]
“Every couple…has a story – and all are wounded in some way.” In his piece inspired by chapter seven of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Paul Jarzembowski reflects on the vocation of Christians to offer Christ’s peace and rest to those who are struggling.
In her piece on chapter eight of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla reflects on the laity’s role in actively extending Christ’s love and care to wounded people in our communities. Christian love and friendship, not anything-goes sexual partnership, is the “antidote to loneliness.”
Reflecting on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Tim Roder explains why the Church cannot recognize same-sex marriages (aka marriage redefinition). Marriage is more than “erotic or emotional satisfaction”; it is a life- and love-giving social structure and a divinely instituted sacrament.
Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si, informs our relationship not only with the earth but also with each other. Read what he has to say about human ecology, the objectification of creation, and the “throwaway culture” – themes that also relate to marriage and family life.
In her reflection on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Bethany Meola explores how pornography darkens the heart and rejects the light of goodness and truth. Jesus, who is the “light of the world,” has the power to conquer our darkness if we turn to Him.
Great marriages respect the love-giving and life-giving aspects of sex. In a reflection on the seventh chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare analyzes why the modern practice of contraception is harmful to God’s plan for married love.
“My encounters with those who are celibate in the family of God, be they religious or lay faithful, have encouraged me in my own journey to follow Christ more fully.” Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis also reflects on the great gift celibate persons are for the Church and the world.
Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis reflects on the fruitfulness of marriage. All married love is called to be fruitful! Couples without the visible fruit of children can take comfort in the fact that the bond of marriage itself and service to the community are expressions of marital fruitfulness.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn and prayerful time during the Church’s liturgical year. It’s an opportunity for couples to strengthen their own bond by reflecting on Jesus’s journey to Calvary. Here are five suggestions.