Archive for ‘About Catholic Marriage’
“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.
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.
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!
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. reflects on the theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Anthony and I are married. It’s surreal to type that sentence. We’re on our honeymoon as I write this, and we’ve had several moments together in the last two weeks when we look at the other and think, “what did we just do?” The reality of our marriage seems so much bigger than us, and, […]
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.
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.
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 is the celebration of the Easter Vigil even more important than Easter Sunday?
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.
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!
How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?
Actually, nothing. Sacraments are not for sale. It’s appropriate, however, for the bride and groom to share their joy and, in generosity, to contribute to the support of the Church and its ministers.
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.”
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.
November’s Saint of the Month is St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Married at a young age, St. Elizabeth and her husband Louis enjoyed an exceptionally happy marriage. St. Elizabeth endured the death of her husband and was renowned for her works of charity. She died at age 24.
On the first two days of November, the Church celebrates two great feasts: All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). How are these feasts linked, and what does it mean to remember our beloved dead?
During the month of November Catholics traditionally pray for deceased family members and friends. What do we believe these prayers can accomplish?
Did you know that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, whose feast we celebrate October 1st, have been beatified? Louis and Zelie Martin exemplified faith, hope, and love in their marriage and family life. They suffered the loss of four children and a rebellious daughter, but their trust in God and love for each other stayed strong.
October is Respect Life Month. William B. May recalls the importance of marriage between one man and one woman as the best environment to raise a child and notes that marriage best prepares couples to be parents.
Bl. Frederic Ozanam is best known for founding the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which now serves the poor in 148 countries. But through his marriage to Amelie, he proved the axiom, “Charity starts at home.” On the 23rd of every month, Bl. Frederic gave Amelie flowers, in remembrance of their wedding on June 23, 1841.
St. Jane Frances de Chantal is probably best known for her great spiritual friendship with St. Francis de Sales, with whom she founded the Visitation sisters. Before that, however, St. Jane was a happily married wife and mother who successfully ran a large estate.
The consent exchanged between bride and groom is the “indispensable element that ‘makes the marriage'” (Catechism). The beautiful words provide rich reflection for both engaged and married couples.
This new video resource walks you through the Rite of Marriage, whether you’re marrying another Catholic, a baptized person who is not Catholic, or someone who is not baptized. It also answers several FAQs about Catholic weddings. Ideal for engaged couples, their families and anyone who is involved in Catholic marriage preparation.