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Help for Men and Women Struggling with Pornography Use

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 […]


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

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.


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”?


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. Breaking Open the Theme “On their wedding day, the couple says a definitive ‘yes’ to their vocation of marriage. Then the real work of marriage begins” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, p. 45). Each stage of marriage has its own joys and sorrows, opportunities […]


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. 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 because of the very nature of conjugal love, by which […]


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. Breaking Open the Theme In the beginning, God created man and woman in his image, “male and female He created them” (Gn 1:27). 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 […]


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. 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. Marriage is “a school for nurturing gratitude for the gifts of God and for openness to the gifts of God that are proper […]


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. 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 […]


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. Breaking Open the Theme “[Jesus] heals marriage and restores it to its original purity of permanent self-giving in one flesh” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, p. 30). But the Lord does not stop there. Christ generously invites husband and wife to participate in His […]


“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

For a printable PDF version, click here. Breaking Open the Theme The early Church understood the Christian family as an ecclesia domestica, or domestic Church. “The family is called a “domestic church” because it is a small communion of persons that draws its sustenance from the larger communion that is the whole Body of Christ, […]


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.


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