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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.


How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?

Actually, nothing. Sacraments are not for sale. It’s appropriate, however, for the bride and groom to share their joy and, in generosity, to contribute to the support of the Church and its ministers.


The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

The Seedbed of My Vocation: One Sister’s Story

Parents and families play a crucial role in fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. One religious sister reflects on specific ways that her family formed her to hear and heed God’s call.


New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

What can you do for your marriage in 2014? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.


What Christmas Is Really About

What Christmas Is Really About

What’s left of Christmas when we strip away the gift-giving, parties and decorations? It’s the reality that God has taken on human flesh, been born as one of us, like us in all things except sin. Fr. Larry Rice explains.


How To Make Christmas About Christmas

How To Make Christmas About Christmas

Do Santa and Jesus seem to get “equal billing” in your home at Christmas? Do you want this year to be different, to focus on Jesus’s birth and the joy of giving? The author explains how she accomplished this


What Holiday Stress Means for Couples

What Holiday Stress Means for Couples

Often enough, Christmastime is stressful for couples, overloaded with everyone else’s high expectations and the competing demands of family, friends and workplace associates. What are some of the causes of


Gaudete Sunday

At Mass on Sunday, December 15 you’ll probably see the priest wearing rose-colored vestments. Learn about the significance as we mark the midway point of Advent.


Hooked on Football

Hooked on Football

Is fall “football season” in your home? Read about how one wife learned to appreciate her husband’s love of football and see it as a chance to love him and spend time together. Touchdown!


Cheap Dates

Cheap Dates

The leaves are falling, and the weather is getting cooler. It’s a good time to plan some dates with your beloved. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast is a good reminder of the power of the rosary: a simple, beautiful prayer that leads us to Jesus through Mary. Consider praying the rosary together with your spouse and children this October.


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?


Why Marry in the Catholic Church?

Why Marry in the Catholic Church?

If you’re thinking about getting married, you’re probably also thinking about where to have the ceremony. John Bosio, author of three books on marriage, explains why marrying in the Catholic Church can have a positive impact on the rest of your married life.


When Dad Is a Fan

When Dad Is a Fan

Sometimes kids need parental coaching, and sometimes they just need a fan. This Father’s Day reflection looks at the value of each.


Advice to the Groom

Advice to the Groom

The wedding season is moving into high gear. With attention focused on the bride, the groom often gets overlooked. A wise dad shares practical–and touching–advice with his soon-to-be-married son.


Wanted: A Handbook for Mothers

Wanted: A Handbook for Mothers

An experienced Mom offers a Mother’s Day reflection. With no “mothering handbook” to follow, how does she admit that she doesn’t have all the answers to vexing situations?


Fr. Barron of Word On Fire on marriage

Fr. Barron of Word On Fire on marriage

Fr. Robert Barron, host of the series “Catholicism,” talks about marriage and relationships and answers the question “Why get married in the Catholic Church?” Check out his engaging and practical insights.


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”?


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.


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.


Grandparents: Keepers of the Family’s Stories

Grandparents: Keepers of the Family’s Stories

Passing on the family’s stories can help children to understand who they are and where they came from. Who better to tell these stories than grandparents? The authors offer some suggestions for sharing family stories with the grandchildren.


New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

What can you do for your marriage in 2013? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.


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?


Families and the Year of Faith

Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith starting October 11. It’s a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s personal faith, as well as renew the faith life of the family. Here are a few ideas to get started.


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