Archive for ‘Overcoming Obstacles’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
November is national adoption month. Read MaryPat and Tom’s story about adopting four children after experiencing the heartache of infertility. “We could not even begin to have known how much more joy God’s plan for us would bring,” writes MaryPat.
October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Respect Life Month. In this Respect Life pamphlet, psychologist Frank J. Moncher, PhD recognizes the painful assault on human dignity that is domestic violence.
Pornography has become increasingly more available and accepted in today’s society. Both men and women of all ages have become entangled in the lies and pain of pornography use and even addiction, which has devastating effects on the user and his or her spouse and family. It is important that those who are using pornography […]
In the fall of 2011, my husband Patrick and I had been married eight years and our family was rapidly growing. Our oldest child had just turned six and we were expecting our fifth child in December. John Paul was born on December 6, 2011. We knew immediately that something was very wrong.
In this excerpt from the book “It Is Well” by Chris Faddis, the author writes about the last days with his wife Angela, who died of cancer at age 32. “Oh, that this ring could keep you here longer. It is a mark of our commitment; it is my promise to love you with my whole heart, and yet there is a love greater than mine that will take you soon.”
Note: the following is re-posted with permission from the USCCB Life Issues Forum. A friend who recently lost a child through miscarriage called to express disappointment that she didn’t know where to turn for the resources and support she and her husband so desperately needed. This heartbreaking conversation reminded me of another friend who miscarried […]
November is national adoption month. Rob and Robin Laird share their experience of adopting six children from foster care. “God…gave us the gift of serving the lives of those children He placed before us, and we are ever grateful for this gift.”
What can Catholics do to prevent domestic violence and help victims of abuse? Read about the work of three Catholics dedicated to ending domestic violence and fostering a culture of family peace.
In studies of marital satisfaction, the topic of sharing household duties is one of the primary sources of dissatisfaction for couples, especially in the early years of marriage and when both spouses work outside the home. Here are some practical suggestions that might help.
Marriage between persons of different races and cultures is happening more frequently. What can such couples expect and how can they deal with the challenges?
Do you wonder what it would be like to live simply throughout the year? Here are some ideas for making simplicity a lasting and fulfilling way to live.
As the effects of the Great Recession continue, many couples are struggling with unemployment and its consequent stress. But couples are not powerless in the face of job loss. Here are seven positive actions a couple can take.
Finding Mr. or Ms. Right is hard enough. You finally locate someone who shares your interests, who’s attractive, sympathetic, enjoys being with you. There’s only one problem: He (or she) uses drugs. Should you consider marrying a drug user?
The Situation It’s not just the ‘uns’ that irritated Heidi: the unmade bed, the un-emptied dishwasher, the un-folded laundry. It was the fact that Sam had been home all day and was asleep when she returned from her extra weekend shift at the hospital. She was tired and resentful and felt that he hadn’t done […]