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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.


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.


“Love and Life” Retreat Day Six: Marriage is a Journey of Human and Spiritual Growth

“Love and Life” 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. […]


“Love and Life” Retreat Day Three: Marriage is a Communion of Love and Life

“Love and Life” 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 […]


“Love and Life” Retreat Day Two: Marriage is the Unique Union of a Man and a Woman

“Love and Life” 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 […]


“Love and Life” Retreat Day Seven: Marriage is a School of Love and Gratitude

“Love and Life” 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 […]


“Love and Life” Retreat Day One: Marriage is a Blessing and a Gift

“Love and Life” 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 […]


“Love and Life” Retreat Day Four: Marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s Love

“Love and Life” 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 […]


“Love and Life” Retreat Day Five: Marriage is the Foundation of the Family and Society

“Love and Life” 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

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 […]


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