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Life Matters: Domestic Violence

Life Matters: Domestic Violence

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.


Help for Men and Women Struggling with Pornography Use or Addiction

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 addiction, which has devastating effects on the user and his or her spouse and family. It is important that those who are using pornography and […]


The Song: A Call to Unquenchable Love

The Song: A Call to Unquenchable Love

New music-driven film opening Sept. 26, 2014, inspired by Solomon’s “Song of Songs,” tells an unflinching, believable story of love, marriage, betrayal and redemption, with a final note of hope for all marriages.


Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Praying the Way of the Cross as a Family

Stations of the Cross is a revered Lenten tradition. Parish DRE Daniel Allen reflects on the Stations in light of the vocation of marriage and the realities of family life.


“Just Wait”: A Letter from a Newlywed Couple

“Just Wait”: A Letter from a Newlywed Couple

Newlyweds Rocco and Valerie tell engaged couples and fellow newlyweds to “just wait”…because you have so much joy ahead of you!


A Lesson In Love From Our Dying Son

A Lesson In Love From Our Dying Son

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.


Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage

Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage

When long-married couples are asked the recipe for marital success, many identify patience as a key ingredient. It’s the indispensable virtue for living together day after day in relative peace, without constant struggles to change the other to our liking.


Till Death Do Us Part

Till Death Do Us Part

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.”


On Relics and Romance

On Relics and Romance

What could relics – for example, a body part of a saint – possibly have to do with romance? The author writes about praying in front of a relic of St. Francis Xavier (feast day: Dec. 3rd) and what it taught him about marital love.


Loving Parents After Miscarriage

Loving Parents After Miscarriage

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 […]


The Family in Service of Life: An Adoption Story

The Family in Service of Life: An Adoption Story

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.”


Loving – And Liking – Your Spouse

Loving – And Liking – Your Spouse

“I love my husband…I just don’t like him.” That’s a commonly-heard phrase in couples mediation, says Laurie Puhn, author of the book Fight Less, Love More and the new marriage enrichment course based on the book. Read Laurie’s advice on how to foster love in the midst of daily life and misunderstandings.


Married Couples and the Challenge of Military Service

Married Couples and the Challenge of Military Service

Military service is a challenge not just to the families involved, but to parishes and the wider society. Archbishop Timothy Broglio discusses issues that confront military marriages, including finances, reentry into society, and post-traumatic stress.


Interview with Three Catholics Working To End Domestic Violence

Interview with Three Catholics Working To End Domestic Violence

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.


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.”


Household Duties

Household Duties

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.


Intercultural Marriage: Making It Work

Intercultural Marriage: Making It Work

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?


What’s Your Idea of Fun?

What’s Your Idea of Fun?

Has the prospect of warmer weather got you thinking about recreational pursuits? Most couples look forward to spending free time together. But what happens when you and your spouse have different ideas about the meaning of “fun”?


Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

Lent has begun! 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.


#1 Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

#1 Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

Breaking Open the Theme Each stage of marriage has its own joys and sorrows, opportunities and challenges. When understood in the light of Christ’s own journey, they can contribute to human growth and spiritual maturity. That is, a couple grows in holiness by journeying with Christ through the mystery of His life, death and Resurrection. […]


#1 Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

#1 Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

Breaking Open the Theme In creating man and woman for each other, God made marriage to be love-giving and life-giving. We call these two purposes or “ends” of marriage the unitive and the procreative. They are inseparably connected and are ordered to each other. The two purposes cannot be separated “without altering the couple’s spiritual […]


#1 Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

#1 Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

Breaking Open the Theme In the beginning, says Sacred Scripture, God created man and woman in his image, “male and female He created them” (Gn 1:27). In His wisdom, God planned that man and woman would be made “for each other”: “they are equal as persons…and complementary as masculine and feminine” (Catechism of the Catholic […]


#1 Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

#1 Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

Breaking Open the Theme As Adam recognized Eve as God’s gift to him, likewise spouses should recognize each other as God’s gift in their lives.  Through life’s journey, sometime a husband or wife may need to reflect on the gift of the other, especially when misunderstandings or difficulties arise. To remember how this person came […]


#1 Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

#1 Retreat 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 vocation to marriage is inscribed in the very nature […]


#1 Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

#1 Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

Breaking Open the Theme Jesus heals marriage and restores it to its original purity of permanent self-giving in one flesh. But the Lord does not stop there. Christ generously invites husband and wife to participate in His spousal love for his Church. Christian spouses are invited to model their love on God’s inner life and […]


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