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“Just” Friends

“Just” Friends

Couples often speak of the joy of having married their best friend. What does friendship in marriage look like and how can it be nurtured?


When Your Marriage Hits the Boredom Rut

When Your Marriage Hits the Boredom Rut

Once the honeymoon is over and it feels like the spark is gone, it can be easy to get stuck in the routine of everyday married life. Here are some practical tips to help re-kindle the fire of love in your marriage.


Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. One study conducted in various cultures around the world asked people to name the trait they desired most in a mate. For both sexes, people overwhelmingly wanted their mates to be kind. What does kindness in marriage look like?


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.


Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

Lent begins on March 1. This year, consider approaching this holy season as a “marriage team.” You and your spouse don’t have to give up–or do–the same things, but you can actively support each other. Here are some ideas to grow in holiness as a couple.


Gratitude: Foundational for Marriage

Gratitude: Foundational for Marriage

As Thanksgiving approaches, we take time to think of the many people in our lives for whom we are grateful. How about starting with our spouse?


New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

What can you do for your marriage in 2017? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.


Pornography’s Effects On Marriage And Hope For Married Couples

Pornography’s Effects On Marriage And Hope For Married Couples

Pornography use within marriage undermines trust and intimacy. Sharing their own story of struggle and healing, Sam and Beth Meier provide ways forward for couples impacted by pornography use and addiction.


“Wash Me Thoroughly”: Healing From Pornography Use And Addiction

“Wash Me Thoroughly”: Healing From Pornography Use And Addiction

Men and women who use pornography, or who are addicted to it, need healing at many levels of their lives. Counselor Daniel Spadaro offers advice and encouragement for those seeking to break free from pornography.


Create in Me a Clean Heart: Abridged Version

Create in Me a Clean Heart: Abridged Version

In their 2015 statement “Create in Me a Clean Heart,” the U.S. bishops spoke out powerfully against pornography and offered hope and healing to those affected by it. This abridged version highlights the statement’s main points.


Raising Chaste Children in a Pornographic World

Raising Chaste Children in a Pornographic World

A serious challenge parents today face is educating their children about the dangers of pornography. Internet safety expert Ryan Foley provides five useful guidelines for parents seeking to raise chaste children.


October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is never justified, said the U.S. bishops in their statement “When I Call for Help.” Read the article to learn recent statistics about domestic violence and to become more familiar with “When I Call for Help.”


Hope, Healing and Purpose After the Death of a Spouse

Hope, Healing and Purpose After the Death of a Spouse

Losing one’s spouse is a deeply painful experience. The author, co-founder of Good Mourning Ministry together with his second wife, writes about his experiences as a widower and how the Lord comforted him.


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!


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Seven: Forgiveness in the Family

Quote for reflection: “One cannot live without seeking forgiveness, or at least, one cannot live at peace, especially in the family. We wrong one another every day. We must take into account these mistakes, due to our frailty and our selfishness. However, what we are asked to do is to promptly heal the wounds that […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Six: Jesus Shows Us the Face of Mercy

Quotes for reflection: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matt 5:7) The Paschal Mystery – Jesus’ death and Resurrection – “bears within itself the most complete revelation of mercy, that is, of that love which is more powerful than death, more powerful than sin and every evil, the love which lifts […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Five: Mercy and Patience

Quote for reflection: “Brothers and sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Two: Mercy and the Sacraments

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Two: Mercy and the Sacraments

Quote for reflection: “Husbands and wives should take up the burden appointed to them, willingly, in the strength of faith… Let them implore the help of God with unremitting prayer and, most of all, let them draw grace and charity from that unfailing fount which is the Eucharist. If, however, sin still exercises its hold […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day One: With Mercy, God Goes First

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day One: With Mercy, God Goes First

Quote for reflection: “In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” – Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, no. 9 Breaking open the theme: Perhaps one […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Four: Mercy and Tenderness

Quote for reflection: “Merciful love also means the cordial tenderness and sensitivity so eloquently spoken of in the parable of the prodigal son, and also in the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Consequently, merciful love is supremely indispensable between those who are closest to one another: between husbands and wives, between […]


“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

“Marriage and Mercy” Retreat Day Three: Mercy is Slow to Anger and Quick to Forgive

Quotes for reflection: “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.” (Psalm 103:8) “Jesus, who knows us well, teaches us a secret: don’t let a day end without asking forgiveness, without peace returning to our home, to our family. It is normal for husband and wife to quarrel…perhaps you were mad, […]


Marriage Retreat #3: “Marriage and Mercy”

Marriage Retreat #3: “Marriage and Mercy”

This National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14), spend some quality prayer time with our spouse, using our virtual marriage retreat. The theme this year is “Marriage and Mercy.”


Couple Cycles 3,360 Miles for Lasting Marriages

Couple Cycles 3,360 Miles for Lasting Marriages

Talk about a memorable anniversary! To celebrate 25 years of marriage, Ric and Anne biked across the entire country. Along the way, they asked people, “How do you make marriage last?”


“Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography”

“Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography”

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.


Tinsel or Garland?

Tinsel or Garland?

Paul and Sarah share how married couples can incorporate their individual family traditions into the holidays while also creating new ones together.


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