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September 21, 2017

Some pregnancies are a surprise but no baby is a mistake. During your fertile years, cultivate an attitude of generosity and knowledge. Generosity can teach acceptance of the unknown. Natural Family Planning can help you know the best times to conceive.


New Survey Finds Couples Today Take Longer to Choose to Marry

Couples today are engaged longer and marrying later in life than couples in previous decades. A recent survey of UK newlyweds found that many couples date, cohabitate, and are engaged for nearly five years before marrying. Nearly all the couples surveyed report a positive change in their relationship following marriage.


Building a Treehouse and Character

The Noems had a big summer project: building a treehouse in their back yard! Josh reflects on how this has been a learning experience for his kids and a wonderful family labor of love.


Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner

Wedding preparation involves more than just flowers and seating charts; it is also a time of stress, excitement, and personal growth. In “Invited,” author Stephanie Calis offers practical tips, stories, and spiritual help for brides (and grooms) navigating through wedding planning, while helping readers prepare for a Christ-centered marriage.


November 12, 2016

Do the chores you’ve been avoiding – the laundry that’s been piling up or the windows that need cleaning – together. Chores are always more fun when you’re not doing them alone.


October 16, 2016

In today’s first reading, Aaron and Hur supported Moses when he grew tired. Together, they were able to win the battle. In what ways can you support your family today?


The Questions Before Consent

The Questions Before Consent

“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

The Nuptial Blessing

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 […]


Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition, What’s New?

Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition, What’s New?

Starting September 8, a revised translation of the marriage rite can be used in the United States. There are two new adaptations and some other minor updates. It’s a chance to re-appreciate the beauty of Catholic marriage!


June 23, 2016

A sense of belonging in a community is essential for fostering relationships. Look up community events in the area and participate in activities with family members!


June 19, 2016

“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:18-24). Jesus reminds us today that loving Him requires immense sacrifice. Be not afraid when encountering trials.


June 3, 2016

Laughter reduces stress and helps connect us with others. Watch a funny movie with your spouse tonight or play a game of twister!


February 22, 2016

“But [the house] did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” (Mt. 7:25). Is Christ the foundation of your family?


April 21, 2015

(Especially for parents) When you’re parenting, life can be swamped with childcare arrangements, overtime work, and little sleep. It’s tempting to want to give up. Simplify what you can. Love your kids but be the parent.


7 Signs of a Functional Relationship

7 Signs of a Functional Relationship

During my year studying Interpersonal Communications, I was introduced to the work of one of the top researchers in marriage and relationship health, Dr. John M. Gottman. Throughout my post college years, I have kept up with his research. He is most famous for developing a formula that accurately predicts divorce after observing a couple interact with one another […]


Bachelor Parties: Cheating on Your Future Spouse?

Recently, my wife and some of her girlfriends had a ladies movie night. As the evening drew to a close and I emerged from the back room, I walked into an unexpected conversation about Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). The discussion focused on the odd contradiction of gluttonizing oneself the day before Lent and completely gorging […]


How Cell Phones Can Hurt Your Relationship

How Cell Phones Can Hurt Your Relationship

People tell me that they are not good at talking on the phone or face to face and so resort to texting. My question is, “What would you have done before cell phones?” Well, they would have developed their communicate skills and overcome their inability. But that is not the case today. Unfortunately, it’s far […]


How to Include Service to Others in Your Wedding Ceremony

How to Include Service to Others in Your Wedding Ceremony

Want to include service to others in your wedding ceremony? Catholic Relief Services has some tips!


Making Multicultural Relationships Work: Our Experience as a Chilean-American Couple

Making Multicultural Relationships Work: Our Experience as a Chilean-American Couple

Megan and Juan, a Catholic Chilean-American couple, reflect on the challenges and blessings that come as part of a multicultural relationship.


Counting the Days Until Marriage, Not the Wedding

Counting the Days Until Marriage, Not the Wedding

The countdown to the biggest day of my life flashes prominently on my carefully-crafted wedding website and my thorough Knot.com profile, quantifying just how much time I have left before my CatholicMatch boyfriend turned CatholicMatch finance becomes my husband. Even though there is a lot of time before our big day, the how-to books and […]


3 Modern Obstacles to a Healthy Marriage

3 Modern Obstacles to a Healthy Marriage

If this story, about a couple married for 62 years who died 4 hours apart, does not make you sigh just a little, well … I’m not sure you have a soul. Or how about the story about Fred Stobaugh, the 96-year-old widower who wrote an ode to his late wife, “Sweet Lorraine,” and entered […]


Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before ‘I Do’

Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before ‘I Do’

One of my favorite parts of my engagement to my fiancé George, (whom I met on CatholicMatch), came after I said, “Yes.” In the days and weeks following that sunny Saturday in June, treasured nuggets of information began to trickle out from our family and friends, cluing me into the behind the scenes planning that […]


When a Man Likes a Woman: 5 Do’s

When a Man Likes a Woman: 5 Do’s

In my then-boyfriend’s apartment, I smiled while I quietly asked a question: “What crossed your mind the first time you saw me?” He thoughtfully paused, and aligned his eyes with mine, before he answered without blinking (and, apparently, without thinking): “I want a piece of her.” You want a piece of me? The line led to […]


The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

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, […]


A Vatican Valentine’s Experience

A Vatican Valentine’s Experience

Looking for some advice this Valentine’s Day on how to better your relationship? Hear what Pope Francis had to say to engaged couples last Valentine’s Day, including an engaged couple from the U.S. who spent their Valentine’s Day with the Pope.


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