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How to Pray With Your Spouse: Four Simple Steps

How to Pray With Your Spouse: Four Simple Steps

Many couples would like to pray together, but don’t know how to begin. Here are four simple steps to get started, based on the structure of the Mass.


Surviving the First Year of Parenthood

Surviving the First Year of Parenthood

Sarah, a former For Your Marriage blogger, and Daniel welcomed their first child 16 months ago. We asked Sarah how she and Daniel pay attention to their marriage while coping with the demands of a baby. Sarah shares some down-to-earth advice.


For Your Marriage Launches New Radio and TV Spots

For Your Marriage Launches New Radio and TV Spots

The For Your Marriage campaign has launched a new round of TV and radio public service announcements with the theme, “A good marriage goes a long way.” The campaign is a major activity of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ priority to strengthen marriage.


Moving Beyond “Healthy” Anger

Moving Beyond “Healthy” Anger

Anger management experts often advise couples to try to move from “unhealthy” to “healthy” anger. Dr. David Sanderlin points out that “healthy anger” is not all it’s cracked up to be. He shows how couples can grow towards a Christ-like, anger-free marital love.


“Courageous” Movie Offers Powerful Message About Fatherhood

“Courageous” Movie Offers Powerful Message About Fatherhood

Are you looking for a new movie with a compelling message and action-packed police drama? Then check out “Courageous,” which opens around the country on September 30.


Making "I Do" Work

Making "I Do" Work

Celebrating wedding days takes on a deeper meaning when one realizes that a couple’s success in married life affects not only themselves, but also their communities and all of society. Besides giving gifts and throwing showers, what can we all do to support married couples and encourage strong marriages?


25 Ways to Fight Fair

25 Ways to Fight Fair

Even in the best marriages, conflicts erupt. Don’t let an argument, whether it’s big or small, damage your relationship. Keep in mind these tips to ensure a “fair fight.”


Finding Help When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Finding Help When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Problems are part of every marriage. The U.S. Catholic Bishops have identified a variety of resources to help couples with marital difficulties–everything from skills-building programs and support groups to professional counseling.


Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Weddings are steeped in tradition, so we can be surprised when some of the expected elements “go missing.” Why are some of these words and actions (for example, “I now pronounce you man and wife”) not part of the Catholic wedding ceremony?


What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

The recent royal wedding has prompted many people to wonder: What makes for a happy,enduring marriage? It’s not just luck! Read what social science research has discovered.


Jesus is Risen! Alleluia!

Easter is an exciting time as the Catholic Church welcomes tens of thousands of new members. Each has a story of conversion. Read about some of these new Catholics and their journeys of faith.


Parenting: What the Airlines Can Teach Us

Parenting: What the Airlines Can Teach Us

The author finds that airlines unwittingly offer some helpful parenting advice. Why do flight attendants tell passengers to take care of themselves before assisting others?


When Unemployment Hits Home: Seven Ways to Help Your Marriage

When Unemployment Hits Home: Seven Ways to Help Your Marriage

As the effects of the Great Recession continue, many couples are struggling with unemployment and its consequent stress. But couples are not powerless in the face of job loss. Here are seven positive actions a couple can take.


Help for Empty Nesters

Help for Empty Nesters

The children have left home. You’re physically and emotionally tired, and perhaps feeling disconnected from your spouse. Can you really reinvent your marriage for the second half? Two well-known marriage educators offer some concrete tips and encouragement.


Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

You might not think of the Bible as a source for inspiring and enduring love stories. Check out these ten and see if you change your mind.


Be a Great Valentine–Give the Gift of Words

Be a Great Valentine–Give the Gift of Words

Money can’t buy everything. Sometimes, what your spouse really wants is a compliment, an offer of assistance or an unexpected “thinking of you” e-mail. Here are some Valentine’s Day gifts that are priceless.


Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

While research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive, new studies show that the gap is small. Marital satisifaction doesn’t have to decline when children are in the picture. Parents can choose how they will respond to the challenge.


Five Tips to Fight Less and Love More

Five Tips to Fight Less and Love More

The holiday season is back. With family gatherings, high expectations and the pressure to make everyone happy, December can be the most stressful month of the year. How can couples keep their cool and make sure their marriage stays strong and that children see them at their best?


Ten Tips for Dealing with Grief

Ten Tips for Dealing with Grief

Are you or someone you know dealing with the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship? Or perhaps you’ve had a job loss or a serious health problem. These losses need to be grieved, but grieving during the holidays can be especially difficult. Here are ten tips that can help you to heal.


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?


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.


Forgiveness Fundamentals

Forgiveness Fundamentals

Couples often find it easy to slide into conflict, but not so easy to forgive and reconcile with each other. How can spouses learn to forgive and move beyond the hurts caused by conflict? Here are seven “forgiveness fundamentals” that will help you to get started.


Help Your Marriage to Thrive

Help Your Marriage to Thrive

Why do some marriages–even long-term marriages–fail, while others grow and flourish? Marriage expert Susan Vogt offers some ideas for helping your marriage to thrive.


The Truth About Divorce Statistics

The Truth About Divorce Statistics

Is it true that 50% of all marriages are destined to end in divorce? Not so, says New York Times writer Tara Parker-Pope in her new book, “For Better: The Science of Good Marriage.” In fact, far more marriages succeed than fail. See what she says is the real story behind the statistics.


Marriage: The Later Years

Marriage: The Later Years

After 40 years of marriage, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper announced their separation. Although still unusual, the breakup of long term marriages is becoming more common. Sometimes, couples are not prepared to renegotiate a relationship of just two people. What should you know about marriage in later life?


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