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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


Tinsel or Garland?

Tinsel or Garland?

Paul and Sarah share how married couples can incorporate their individual family traditions into the holidays while also creating new ones together.


Celebrating Advent as a Family

Celebrating Advent as a Family

The Advent season this year begins on Sunday, November 27th. How does your family celebrate Advent? Here is a list of time-honored traditions to prepare your hearts and home for the coming of the Christ Child.


Pope Francis in the United States

Pope Francis in the United States

We have been blessed by our Holy Father’s visit to our country! Now is the time to reflect on what his visit means for us, and in particular what he taught us about marriage and the family.


Chapter Ten: Choosing Life

Chapter Ten: Choosing Life

Reflecting on chapter 10 of the World Meeting of Families catechesis, Dr. Theresa Notare speaks about the courage and self-discipline necessary to respect the holiness and fertility of sex in marriage. NFP can help!


Chapter Nine: What’s in an Image?

Chapter Nine: What’s in an Image?

In his reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Dr. Andrew Lichtenwalner reflects on the feminine imagery we use to describe the Church. She is our “Mother,” the “Bride of Christ,” and the “New Eve.”


Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

Chapter Nine: Mother, Teacher, Family: The Nature and Role of the Church

In a reflection on chapter 9 of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla considers the role of the Church as a mother who seeks her children’s happiness and freedom by “preserving the truth of the Gospel.”


Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

Why Did the Risen Jesus Cook Breakfast for the Disciples?

In his first article on the Theology of the Body, Fr. Chris Singer addresses the unique goodness of the human body and its ability to make spiritual realities tangible.


Be Her Joseph!

Be Her Joseph!

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is July 19th-25th! A husband reflects on how NFP has allowed him to defend his wife’s virtue, body, and soul as well as to serve her as the kind of man and husband that he strives to be under the model of St. Joseph.


Chapter Eight: Encountering Brokenness

Chapter Eight: Encountering Brokenness

“Every couple…has a story – and all are wounded in some way.” In his piece inspired by chapter seven of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Paul Jarzembowski reflects on the vocation of Christians to offer Christ’s peace and rest to those who are struggling.


Chapter Eight: A Home for the Wounded Heart

Chapter Eight: A Home for the Wounded Heart

In her piece on chapter eight of the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Sara Perla reflects on the laity’s role in actively extending Christ’s love and care to wounded people in our communities. Christian love and friendship, not anything-goes sexual partnership, is the “antidote to loneliness.”


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.


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