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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’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.
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.
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”?
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.
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.
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?
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.
A lack of common values can be a deal-breaker in a marriage. How close are you and your spouse, or fiance(e), on basic marriage values? Try this short exercise.
Does your marriage need a little jump start? Don’t wait until the New Year to make a change. Try one or more of our Fall Resolutions to reinvigorate your marriage.
The United States has over 40 million people registered on over 1,500 online dating sites. It’s helpful to know how they can be useful to Catholics.
Almost 40 million Americans have tried internet dating and almost 20% of marriages began as an online relationship. What should you know about the advantages and limitations of dating websites?
How can a couple discern God’s will when making moral decisions? That’s a critical question in any marriage. Moral decision-making is a process that includes prayerful reflection, conversation, and evaluation before reaching a conclusion. Here are some specific steps.
As summer begins, it’s good to remember that rest, relaxation, and even play can be helpful in a marriage. Play as a virtue? Of course! Whether we call it playfulness, a sense of humor, or a joyous spirit, this virtue can help a marriage over the rough spots and deepen intimacy. Here are some ideas for cultivating playfulness in your marriage.
Good communication is essential in marriage, but the lack of common values can be a deal breaker. An experienced marriage educator observes: “If the values are significantly different, it’s unlikely that even the best communication will be enough.”