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Marriage on a Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage

Andrew and Terri Lyke, two experienced family life ministers, set forth a “new paradigm” for marriage ministry that encourages families to be “lights” to other families. They also offer some particular insight on African-American families. This book proves to be a valuable resource in strengthening and supporting families in the Church, especially those in the margins.

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?

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.

In November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved a pastoral letter entitled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” The letter brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. It explains how marriage is a public commitment between a man and a woman, intended for the […]

The Lunch Box Legacy

The Lunch Box Legacy

This is a generational story about lunch boxes. My daughter, Carole, wanted a new lunch box for first grade. To save money, I spray painted the old one, much to her dismay.

Family of Origin Exercise

Family of Origin Exercise

Exchange answers with your fiancé(e). Which experience of your fiancé(e) is most different from yours? Discuss what impact this might have on your future marriage.

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