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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.”


Fall Resolutions to Spark Your Marriage

Fall Resolutions to Spark Your Marriage

Does your marriage need a little jump start? Don’t wait until the New Year to make a change. Try one or more of our Fall Resolutions to reinvigorate your marriage.


Resolving Differences

Resolving Differences

“We have only been married a short time, and things are going pretty well between us, but something that concerns me is that we don’t really solve problems. One of us raises an issue, we talk about it a little, and then we let it drop. What worries me is that eventually, when we have a real problem we can’t avoid, we won’t know how to deal with it. Are there any strategies for a couple like us to use?”


When Can We Use NFP?

When Can We Use NFP?

This year, National Natural Family Planning Week is July 23-29! Here are some common Q&As about NFP and resources to help you learn more about it. This article explains the Church’s teaching on using natural family planning to postpone a pregnancy or space children.


Balancing Family and Work

Balancing Family and Work

“I want to be a good husband or wife, and a good father or mother. But work seems to suck everything out of me. How do I do justice to both?” During uncertain economic times, couples can be even more tempted to sacrifice family life for work. How can they strike a balance?


“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?


When Your Marriage Hits the Boredom Rut

When Your Marriage Hits the Boredom Rut

Once the honeymoon is over and it feels like the spark is gone, it can be easy to get stuck in the routine of everyday married life. Here are some practical tips to help re-kindle the fire of love in your marriage.


10 Pointers for Prayer

10 Pointers for Prayer

Finding time for prayer can seem impossible. Amid the busyness of family life, how can one respond to God’s ongoing invitation to speak with and listen to Him? Here are ten pointers to help you do just that.


Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. One study conducted in various cultures around the world asked people to name the trait they desired most in a mate. For both sexes, people overwhelmingly wanted their mates to be kind. What does kindness in marriage look like?


The BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awesome Dad

The BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awesome Dad

The Beatitudes have special importance in the Christian life. In his new book for fathers based on the Beatitudes, Dr. Popcak provides eight ways for men to become “fathers after the Father’s own heart.”


Stations of the Cross for Marriages and Families

Stations of the Cross for Marriages and Families

The Stations of the Cross are a revered Lenten tradition. These reflections for the Stations are written especially for married couples and families, to help them follow Christ on the Way of the Cross.


Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

Lent begins on March 1. 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 to grow in holiness as a couple.


Celebrate National Marriage Week 2017 + Virtual Retreat

Celebrate National Marriage Week 2017 + Virtual Retreat

National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) is a great time to support marriage! Here are some resources that can help, including a seven day virtual retreat.


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?


New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

What can you do for your marriage in 2017? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.


Saint Joseph: My New Patron Saint

Saint Joseph: My New Patron Saint

A husband and expectant father reflects on the lessons we can all learn from St. Joseph, especially during the Advent and Christmas seasons.


Pornography’s Effects On Marriage And Hope For Married Couples

Pornography’s Effects On Marriage And Hope For Married Couples

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.


Hope, Healing and Purpose After the Death of a Spouse

Hope, Healing and Purpose After the Death of a Spouse

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.


Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church

Convalidation: Bringing Your Marriage Into The Church

For couples married outside of the Church, the convalidation process can help them establish a valid Catholic union. This brings many blessings to a family!


Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition, What’s New?

Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition, What’s New?

Starting September 8, a revised translation of the marriage rite can be used in the United States. There are two new adaptations and some other minor updates. It’s a chance to re-appreciate the beauty of Catholic marriage!


Spiritual Help for Grieving Parents

Spiritual Help for Grieving Parents

Losing a child is an incredibly painful experience for parents, no matter the circumstances or the child’s age. The author, who knows this loss, tells his family’s story and offers a way forward to grieving parents.


Try a Five-Point Tune-Up For Your Marriage

Try a Five-Point Tune-Up For Your Marriage

Does your marriage need a bit of preventive maintenance? Even good marriages can benefit from periodic check-ups. Try this end-of-summer tune-up to keep your marriage running smoothly.


What Do Catholics Read?

What Do Catholics Read?

It’s summer, and perhaps you have time for a little extra reading–maybe even some spiritual reading. But where to start? Here are a few suggestions.


Ordinary Time?

Ordinary Time?

On July 3, the celebrant at Sunday Mass will wear green vestments for the first time in four months. The change of color reflects the return to “Ordinary Time.” It’s the longest of the Church’s liturgical seasons and, says Fr. Larry Rice, the most challenging.


Ah, It Is Summertime!

Ah, It Is Summertime!

In his second article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer examines the Genesis creation story in light of the human body, which is “made for genuine love.”


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