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Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Chapter Seven: Why the Church Cannot Endorse Same-Sex “Marriage”

Reflecting on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Tim Roder explains why the Church cannot recognize same-sex marriages (aka marriage redefinition). Marriage is more than “erotic or emotional satisfaction”; it is a life- and love-giving social structure and a divinely instituted sacrament.


Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Reading Laudato Si in Light of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life

Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si, informs our relationship not only with the earth but also with each other. Read what he has to say about human ecology, the objectification of creation, and the “throwaway culture” – themes that also relate to marriage and family life.


Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

Chapter Seven: Light in a Dark World

In her reflection on chapter 7 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Bethany Meola explores how pornography darkens the heart and rejects the light of goodness and truth. Jesus, who is the “light of the world,” has the power to conquer our darkness if we turn to Him.


Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Chapter Seven: A Bright Teaching that Makes Good Marriages Great

Great marriages respect the love-giving and life-giving aspects of sex. In a reflection on the seventh chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare analyzes why the modern practice of contraception is harmful to God’s plan for married love.


Pope Francis Meets Newlyweds from the Diocese of Brooklyn

Pope Francis Meets Newlyweds from the Diocese of Brooklyn

Newlyweds Paul and Alison went to Rome for their honeymoon, and while there received a marvelous wedding gift: a blessing from Pope Francis and a chance to meet him!


Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

Chapter Six: The Celibate Life: An Encounter with Beauty

“My encounters with those who are celibate in the family of God, be they religious or lay faithful, have encouraged me in my own journey to follow Christ more fully.” Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis also reflects on the great gift celibate persons are for the Church and the world.


Chapter Six: All Love Bears Fruit

Chapter Six: All Love Bears Fruit

Chapter six of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis reflects on the fruitfulness of marriage. All married love is called to be fruitful! Couples without the visible fruit of children can take comfort in the fact that the bond of marriage itself and service to the community are expressions of marital fruitfulness.


Chapter Five: Parenting with the Strength of God

Chapter Five: Parenting with the Strength of God

Parenting is not an easy task, but when spouses rely on God they are strengthened and supported by His grace. A reflection by Tim Roder on the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Chapter 5.


Chapter Four: Daily Choices for Love

Chapter Four: Daily Choices for Love

A reflection on the fourth chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis explains how in every relationship, love is comprised of many daily choices. We are all called to a “culture of encounter,” where we choose to put the good of the other first.


A Marriage Bonded by Love and Faith

Spouses can have a lot of differences between them, but those aren’t important when they have a common commitment to God and faith. Faith is the glue that holds a marriage together.


Chapter Four: “Two Become One” Takes More than Romance

Chapter Four: “Two Become One” Takes More than Romance

While romance is surely good, it is not all that is needed to make a marriage work. Chapter four of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis says that a marriage needs mercy and chastity to help spouses truly become “one flesh.”


Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Why Dating Is Important For Marriage

Dating your spouse is crucial to a happy marriage. Gerald and Michelle, founders of Date to Door, explain why dating is so important and give advice for how to do it.


Chapter Three: The Meaning of Human Sexuality

Chapter Three: The Meaning of Human Sexuality

In this reflection on the third chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “The Meaning of Human Sexuality,” We learn that every human being has a call to love.


Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Five Suggestions for Holy Week

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn and prayerful time during the Church’s liturgical year. It’s an opportunity for couples to strengthen their own bond by reflecting on Jesus’s journey to Calvary. Here are five suggestions.


Chapter Two: “The Best Way”

Chapter Two: “The Best Way”

In reflecting on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, we see that being made in the image of God truly impacts the nature of married love. Spouses are called to share in the life of God Himself.


Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

Chapter Two: Speaking of Love: From Adolescence to Adulthood

This is a reflection on the second chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “The Mission of Love.” Human love is meant to be a reflection of God’s love for his people. Both the emotional and stable aspects of love can reveal God’s love to us.


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.


Chapter One: Created For Joy

Chapter One: Created For Joy

This is a reflection on the first chapter of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, “Created for Joy.” God has created us to trust Him through a relationship with Him and relationships with others. God promises a life of great joy!


Forty Year Journey Rewards Generations

Forty Year Journey Rewards Generations

For 40 years, the CRS Rice Bowl has been a prominent way of almsgiving during Lent. This article takes a look at how great the impact of the Rice Bowl has been and how your family can participate in it.


Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Lenten Resolutions for Married Couples, Inspired by Pope Francis

Looking for Lenten resolutions to do with your spouse? Try these, inspired by Pope Francis!


Celebrate National Marriage Week 2015 + Virtual Retreat

Celebrate National Marriage Week 2015 + 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.


Pope Francis Corner: 2014 in Review

Pope Francis Corner: 2014 in Review

In 2014, Pope Francis spoke repeatedly about Christian marriage and family life. To see highlights of his addresses, take a look at this post.


Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. A recent 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?


Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

Who Me, Pray?… With Her?

How many times have you heard the suggestion to pray together as a couple? But how do you actually going about doing something that can seem strange and awkward, at least at first? Here are some practical tips.


A Christmas Compilation

A Christmas Compilation

Merry Christmas! Here are some Christmas-related articles and reflections from over the years. Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas season!


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