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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.
Attention brides and grooms: there are some changes coming to the Marriage Rite, including an optional Litany of the Saints and cultural adaptations. Read on to find out more!
Looking for Lenten resolutions to do with your spouse? Try these, inspired by Pope Francis!
A new Spanish-language film (with English subtitles) from the USCCB illustrates through a dramatic plotline the beauty of lifelong married love between a man and a woman. Take a look!
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 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.
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.
What can you do for your marriage in 2014? Start with something small but meaningful. Here are a few ideas.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Sometimes kids need parental coaching, and sometimes they just need a fan. This Father’s Day reflection looks at the value of each.
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.
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. 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.
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”?
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.
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.