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Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Hope for Married Couples Who Want to Have a Child

Alone in the bathroom, staring blankly at the negative test, you tearfully ask yourself, “Why am I not pregnant yet?” Later, you may find yourself talking to your doctor about a “take-home baby” and come face to face with the costly, invasive and sometimes morally questionable reality of fertility treatments. You wonder, “Is there any […]


Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

Addressing Infertility with Kindness and Compassion

What do infertility specialists tell couples? Hoping to find out firsthand, I called the number in a newspaper ad and joined an open house at a fertility clinic. I am sure that I was the only Roman Catholic priest there, although street clothes gave no clue to my identity. My experience that evening could not […]


Pope Francis Meets Newlyweds from the Diocese of Brooklyn

Pope Francis Meets Newlyweds from the Diocese of Brooklyn

Newlyweds Paul and Alison went to Rome for their honeymoon, and while there received a marvelous wedding gift: a blessing from Pope Francis and a chance to meet him!


Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

“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: All Love Bears Fruit

Chapter Six: All Love Bears Fruit

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.


Children as Commodities?

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. This is your pilot speaking. … I have two pieces of news to report, one good and one bad. The bad news is that we are lost. The good news is that we are making excellent time.” —Author Unknown In 1971, the renowned physician and medical ethicist, Dr. Leon Kass, […]


Solace and Strength in the Sorrow of Miscarriage

Solace and Strength in the Sorrow of Miscarriage

It is estimated that one out of four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. This loss can have a profound effect on the mothers, fathers and families of the children who pass away, and many of us may be unsure how best to respond to those who are hurting. Joanne* shares a personal story of her experience […]


A Marriage Bonded by Love and Faith

Spouses can have a lot of differences between them, but those aren’t important when they have a common commitment to God and faith. Faith is the glue that holds a marriage together.


Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Dating your spouse is crucial to a happy marriage. Gerald and Michelle, founders of Date to Door, explain why dating is so important and give advice for how to do it.


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.


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 Retreat #1: “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan”

Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift Breaking Open the Theme “Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, p. 1). The […]


Marriage Retreat #2: “A Retreat with Pope Francis”

Day One: Marriage is the Icon of God’s Love Pope Francis: “The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together. This is the image of God: love, God’s covenant with us is represented in that covenant between man […]


#2 Day Seven: Take Forward the Meaning of Family

#2 Day Seven: Take Forward the Meaning of Family

Pope Francis: “Do not hide your faith, do not hide Jesus, but carry him into the world and offer the witness of your family life!” (Meeting with Families in the Philippines, January 16, 2015) Breaking open the theme: Did you know that families are called to be missionaries? For some families, that may mean moving […]


#2 Day Six: The Family as the Birthplace of Communication and Love

#2 Day Six: The Family as the Birthplace of Communication and Love

Pope Francis: “In the family, we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments of silence, to laugh and cry together… This greatly helps us to understand the meaning of communication as recognizing and creating closeness.” (World Communications Day 2015, January 23, 2015) Breaking open the theme: […]


#2 Day Five: Three Pillars of the Spousal Relationship

#2 Day Five: Three Pillars of the Spousal Relationship

Pope Francis: “Faithfulness, perseverance, and fruitfulness are the three pillars of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church – three characteristics that are also at the heart of Christian marriage.” (Mass in Casa Santa Marta with Fifteen Married Couples, June 11, 2014) Breaking open the theme: When constructing a building, a blueprint is essential. When […]


#2 Day Four: Christ Gives Couples the Confidence to Say “Yes” Forever

#2 Day Four: Christ Gives Couples the Confidence to Say “Yes” Forever

Pope Francis: “We must not allow ourselves to be conquered by a ‘throwaway culture’. This fear of ‘forever’ is cured by entrusting oneself day by day to the Lord Jesus in a life that becomes a daily spiritual path of mutual growth, step by step.” (Valentine’s Day Address to Engaged Couples, February 14, 2014) Breaking […]


#2 Day Three: The Family is the Domestic Church

#2 Day Three: The Family is the Domestic Church

Pope Francis: “Families are the domestic Church, where Jesus grows; he grows in the love of spouses, he grows in the lives of children.” (National Convocation of the “Renewal of the Spirit,” June 4, 2014) Breaking open the theme: The family can be seen as a domestic Church in two main ways, as explained in […]


#2 Day Two: Christian Love is Concrete

#2 Day Two: Christian Love is Concrete

Pope Francis: “You see that the love John speaks of [1 Jn 4:11-18] is not the love of soap operas! No, it is something else. Christian love has a particular quality: concreteness. Jesus Himself, when He speaks of love, speaks to us about concrete things: feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, and many concrete things. […]


#2 Day One: Marriage is the Icon of God’s Love

#2 Day One: Marriage is the Icon of God’s Love

Pope Francis: “The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together. This is the image of God: love, God’s covenant with us is represented in that covenant between man and woman. And this is very beautiful!” (General Audience, […]


Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. A recent 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?


Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

How many times have you heard the suggestion to pray together as a couple? But how do you actually going about doing something that can seem strange and awkward, at least at first? Here are some practical tips.


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.


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 […]


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 […]


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