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Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

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 […]


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

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 […]


Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

Breaking Open the Theme The early Church understood the Christian family as an ecclesia domestica, or domestic Church. This idea recognizes that the smallest expression of the Church is not the parish, but the Christian family. The family, our first community, is the basic way God gathers us and forms us. Christian families not only […]


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?


Common Values: Making (or Breaking) a Marriage

Common Values: Making (or Breaking) a Marriage

A lack of common values can be a deal-breaker in a marriage. How close are you and your spouse, or fiance(e), on basic marriage values? Try this short exercise.


How to Make Moral Decisions

How to Make Moral Decisions

How can a couple discern God’s will when making moral decisions? That’s a critical question in any marriage. Moral decision-making is a process that includes prayerful reflection, conversation, and evaluation before reaching a conclusion. Here are some specific steps.


Play: A Virtue to Take Seriously

Play: A Virtue to Take Seriously

As summer begins, it’s good to remember that rest, relaxation, and even play can be helpful in a marriage. Play as a virtue? Of course! Whether we call it playfulness, a sense of humor, or a joyous spirit, this virtue can help a marriage over the rough spots and deepen intimacy. Here are some ideas for cultivating playfulness in your marriage.


Living Simply: A Lasting and Fulfilling Way of Life

Living Simply: A Lasting and Fulfilling Way of Life

Did you try to simplify your life this Lent? 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.


How to Stop an Argument Before It Starts

How to Stop an Argument Before It Starts

Do you and your spouse seem to have the same arguments? A best-selling author identifies the top five arguments that occur in every family and shows how to stop them.


Moving Beyond “Healthy” Anger

Moving Beyond “Healthy” Anger

Anger management experts often advise couples to try to move from “unhealthy” to “healthy” anger. Dr. David Sanderlin points out that “healthy anger” is not all it’s cracked up to be. He shows how couples can grow towards a Christ-like, anger-free marital love.


Finding Help When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Finding Help When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Problems are part of every marriage. The U.S. Catholic Bishops have identified a variety of resources to help couples with marital difficulties–everything from skills-building programs and support groups to professional counseling.


What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

The recent royal wedding has prompted many people to wonder: What makes for a happy,enduring marriage? It’s not just luck! Read what social science research has discovered.


Jesus is Risen! Alleluia!

Easter is an exciting time as the Catholic Church welcomes tens of thousands of new members. Each has a story of conversion. Read about some of these new Catholics and their journeys of faith.


It Wasn’t an Option

Have you ever thought about how uniquely we approach a difficult situation when we know there is no other option?  We put our heads together and keep working until we figure out a game plan.  We get help.  We pray.  Sometimes, we hold our breath, muddle through until time passes and things change but we […]


When Unemployment Hits Home: Seven Ways to Help Your Marriage

When Unemployment Hits Home: Seven Ways to Help Your Marriage

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.


How to Deepen Empathy in Your Marriage: Three Key Skills

(From “Thriving Marriages” by John Yzaguirre, Ph.D., and Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, M.Div., M.F.T, New City Press, 2004.  http://www.thrivingfamilies.com/) It’s easy to fall into the trap of taking each other for granted or just putting up with each other.  One husband described this bluntly: “When I get home my dog is the only one who seems excited to […]


Help for Empty Nesters

Help for Empty Nesters

The children have left home. You’re physically and emotionally tired, and perhaps feeling disconnected from your spouse. Can you really reinvent your marriage for the second half? Two well-known marriage educators offer some concrete tips and encouragement.


Five Tips to Fight Less and Love More

Five Tips to Fight Less and Love More

The holiday season is back. With family gatherings, high expectations and the pressure to make everyone happy, December can be the most stressful month of the year. How can couples keep their cool and make sure their marriage stays strong and that children see them at their best?


Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness

Humility: Foundation for Marital Happiness

Pride is a mortal enemy to love, and also to lasting marital happiness. The antidote is humility–an acceptance of who and what we are.


“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?


Divorce and the Church’s Healing Ministry

Divorce and the Church’s Healing Ministry

Newly married couples begin life together in anticipation that their marriages will last. If a marital relationship subsequently ruptures couples can find themselves in very uncertain and sometimes fearful circumstances.


Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage

Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage

When we come to marriage we each bring our histories – healed or broken, reflected upon or repressed – to our life together. Our vocation is to help each other become fully human. This means finding a way to share hurts, to risk allowing the other person to know us so intimately that we are willing to open up old wounds and allow God to heal them through each other. Marriage at its best creates a safe space where healing and forgiveness can take place.


Drug Use Can Ruin a Marriage

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?


Perseverance: Love Never Ends

Perseverance: Love Never Ends

Every couple has times when they are disillusioned, angry, depressed, tired, or just plain ready to give up. Why do some couples persevere and others give up trying to make things work? Read about the three things that persevering couples have in common.


Forgiveness Fundamentals

Forgiveness Fundamentals

Couples often find it easy to slide into conflict, but not so easy to forgive and reconcile with each other. How can spouses learn to forgive and move beyond the hurts caused by conflict? Here are seven “forgiveness fundamentals” that will help you to get started.


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