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Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

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.


Ah, It Is Summertime!

Ah, It Is Summertime!

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.”


Embrace the Bold Challenge of Pope Francis: ‘Have Life and Have it to the Fullest!’

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 […]


Chapter Eight: Encountering Brokenness

Chapter Eight: Encountering Brokenness

“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.


Chapter Eight: A Home for the Wounded Heart

Chapter Eight: A Home for the Wounded Heart

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.”


Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

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.


Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

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.


Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

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.


Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

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.


Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Five Suggestions for Holy Week

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.


Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

This is a reflection on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “The Mission of Love.” Human love is meant to be a reflection of God’s love for his people. Both the emotional and stable aspects of love can reveal God’s love to us.


Stations of the Cross for Marriages and Families

Stations of the Cross for Marriages and Families

The Stations of the Cross are a revered Lenten tradition. These reflections for the Stations are written especially for married couples and families, to help them follow Christ on the Way of the Cross.


Chapter One: Created For Joy

Chapter One: Created For Joy

This is a reflection on the first chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “Created for Joy.” God has created us to trust Him through a relationship with Him and relationships with others. God promises a life of great joy!


Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Looking for Lenten resolutions to do with your spouse? Try these, inspired by Pope Francis!


Celebrating Advent as a Family

Celebrating Advent as a Family

The Advent season this year begins Sunday, November 30th. 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.


Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. reflects on the theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


The Beatitudes, Marriage, and Family

The Beatitudes, Marriage, and Family

Pope Francis described the Beatitudes as a “program for holiness.” This series examines how the Beatitudes can serve as a program for holiness in our marriages and families.


Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

On Sunday, June 8, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost, when Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Read more about Pentecost and why it’s considered the Church’s birthday.


The Theology of the Body According to St. John Paul II

The Theology of the Body According to St. John Paul II

When John Paul II was elevated to the papacy, he unveiled a series of reflections on which he had worked for some time. These talks became known as “The Theology of the Body” and have had a growing impact on Christian thinking about what it means to be embodied as male or female.


Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

For Catholics, Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a season. Why do we have 50 days to celebrate?


Why Do Catholics Celebrate the Easter Vigil?

Why Do Catholics Celebrate the Easter Vigil?

Why is the celebration of the Easter Vigil even more important than Easter Sunday?


Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Stations of the Cross is a revered Lenten tradition. Parish DRE Daniel Allen reflects on the Stations in light of the vocation of marriage and the realities of family life.


New Subtitled Spanish Film on the Unique Meaning of Marriage

New Subtitled Spanish Film on the Unique Meaning of Marriage

A new Spanish-language film (with English subtitles) from the USCCB illustrates through a dramatic plotline the beauty of lifelong married love between a man and a woman. Take a look!


This Is My Body

This Is My Body

Did you know that husband and wife are the ministers of the sacrament of marriage? In this reflection, Josh Noem writes about what it means to live out the sacrament of marriage in daily life, and how that leads to true freedom. “Marriage and family life is a way for us to give our lives over to love 349 ways every day, and it gives us glimpses of heaven every single day too.”


Married Saint of the Month: Bl. Ceferino Gimenez Malla

December’s Saint of the Month is Bl. Ceferino Gimenez Malla. A married layman from Spain, Ceferino and his wife Teresa had no children of their own but adopted Teresa’s niece. Ceferino had a reputation for holiness and died defending a Catholic priest from soldiers.


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