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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.
A recent study explores the alarming trend of rising unemployment rates among men of working age and its social, cultural, and moral consequences.
Looking back on a summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land, blogger Stacey reflects on the depth of the love of God the Father for all His children and for each individual person.
Marriage is a commitment that lasts for a lifetime, “till death do us part.” Through witnessing the grief and faith of a close friend, blogger Kathleen reflects on her own marriage vows and the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage.
A recent study focused on the effect the happiness of a spouse has on a person’s health. Results found that a happy spouse positively affects the physical well-being on their significant other, resulting in a happier life together and better marriage.
In a world where multitasking is sometimes seen as a necessity, parents are facing a challenge in balancing work life with home life. A recent study explored how frequent parental technology use in the home can negatively affect both parents and children.
Blogger Dennis Weiss takes advantage of an annual family vacation to reflect on the beauty of creation and family life. An uncovered family time capsule brings unexpected joy as he and his family share memories and the true treasure of life, the gift of love.
During his recent apostolic journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Holy Father discussed the importance of faith within the family structure and some current threats against marriage. He exhorted married couples to be courageous and gentle with one another, especially when arguments arise.
The first few months of marriage are both beautiful and difficult. Tommy talks about the sacrifices hidden in newlywed bliss and how the choices we make can help us to progress in loving the other for their own sake.
The decision to adopt requires sacrifice and discernment. Jaymie Stuart Wolfe combines practical advice with personal experience to help those families considering adoption.
A recent study found that children of divorced parents are less likely to identify as religious or regularly attend religious services. These results have important implications for Church ministries involved with engaged and married couples.
Siblings fighting with each other is a common occurrence in families. Josh talks about one way he’s had success in helping siblings to learn kindness in the “school of love” that is the family.
A sailing date on Lake Michigan prompts Kathleen to reflect on the exciting growth that can take place in marriage when a couple goes deep into God’s design for married life.
It’s hard to find “silent time” in the midst of family life – but it is worth it! Mary Jo gives some pointers on prioritizing a life of prayer.
Twelve weeks into marriage, Katie writes about her #1 example: her parents. Through their 32 years of marriage (and counting) they’ve shown how love always keeps growing.