Archive for ‘news and views’
January 2017’s 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll surveyed over 1,000 Americans on their views of marriage. Results show that, overall, Americans are supportive of monogamy, working hard in marriage, and long-term marriages.
We insure material possessions; it’s even more important to invest in a marital insurance policy. Blogger Kathleen has some practical suggestions for couples to protect and strengthen the marital commitment.
Men and women have different perspectives in marriage. Mary Jo shares a few phrases that have particular importance for her in conversations with her husband.
On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father baptized twenty-eight babies in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he spoke of the faith that baptism bestows and the responsibility of parents to live as witnesses of that faith.
The encounter with the transcendent is a crucial part of human life. Josh reflects on the experiences of nature that have inspired contemplation of God and the current practices in his family that foster wonder and awe.
Welcome to our new engaged couple bloggers! Tim and Brooke are getting married this summer. In their first post, they share their how-we-met story and their beautiful proposal story. It will be a joy to follow them in their journey toward the Sacrament of Marriage!
Good mothers bring tenderness to society, Pope Francis says. We can all follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God and first disciple.
The personal witness of a happy, holy married life can be a source of encouragement and strength for others who are striving to virtuously live their own vocations. The letters of St. Gianna Molla and her husband, Pietro, provide an image of beautiful, sanctifying married love.
The feast of the Holy Innocents, says Pope Francis, is a reminder to all of us to protect and cherish the children in our midst, especially those who are suffering.
Christmas is a night of glory, joy, and light, says Pope Francis. We must remember all suffering children on this day, and bring them the hope of the baby Jesus.
The New Year is a great time to make goals – how about goals for your marriage, too? Kathleen gives insight on how to make this a marriage-enriching experience.
The call to honor one’s father and mother lasts a lifetime. After a recent trip honor war veterans, Dennis expresses gratitude not only for his father’s sacrifices for his country but also his sacrifices for his family.
The Institute for Family Studies recently published research results that confirms previous similar studies: those who regularly attend religious services are less likely to divorce than those who don’t.
The holiday season is a time of nostalgia and traditions. Katie reflects on the traditions that shape who we are and the beauty of creating new traditions with her husband.
With honesty, warmth, and fidelity to the Church, Lisa Duffy offers a guidebook for divorced Catholics that includes her personal story, practical actions after divorce, and steps toward emotional and spiritual healing.
Although our culture may focus on the hardships of parenting, Josh reflects on the goodness of parenting, a task that is meant to sanctify children – and will sanctify the parents along the way.
A recent study surveyed married couples about the most important factors in a successful marriage. The results showed that religious beliefs are seen as less integral to marital success than other aspects.
Marriage is not always an easy vocation. Kathleen reflects on the necessity of working hard, with God’s grace, every day in marriage to fulfill His call to reflect His love.
While taking time to hike through the woods with her husband before a wedding, blogger Mary Jo finds some similarities between journeying through the forest and living out faith and love in the Sacrament of Marriage.
When it comes to raising children in faith, new research has shown that mothers tend to be more influential than fathers on the religious experience of their children.
A new study has taken a different approach on studying the consequences of divorce, comparing in what ways divorce affects couples with children and couples without.
While it is a beautiful and fruitful way of life, practicing NFP in marriage is not always easy. Blogger Katie reflects on this particular struggle in her newly married life, with certainty that it will bring her and her husband to holiness.
Divorce affects all members of the family in one way or another. While past research has emphasized the effects of divorce on young boys, a recent study brings insight into how marital instability negatively affects young girls.
Grief specialist and author Harold Ivan Smith provides a valuable resource for those helping a grieving child. He gives practical advice for every stage of the process that is sure to aid children and adults alike.
Pope Francis addressed members of the John Paul II Institute in Rome, exhorting them to use both their intelligence and compassion to bring the truth of God’s design for marriage to the Church and the world today.