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A Happy Spouse May Make You Healthier

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.

How Does Parental Technology Use Affect Both Parents and Children?

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.

Buried Treasure

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.

Pope Francis: “Marriage is the Most Beautiful Thing God Created.”

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.

Love for Love’s Sake

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.

Adoption: Room for One More?

The decision to adopt requires sacrifice and discernment. Jaymie Stuart Wolfe combines practical advice with personal experience to help those families considering adoption.

Is There a Connection Between Divorce and Religion?

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.

On the Outs

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.

Cast Your Net Deep

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.

The Importance of Silence

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.

Love Only Grows

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.

Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love

A series of essays on all aspects of marriage and family life. Each author brings an expertise and poignant personal stories.

Take 15 Minutes Each Day For Your Spouse

Investing time in your marriage leads to a happier marriage. Kathleen gives some advice on how to make it happen.

Reality vs. “Infertility”

A recent lawsuit whereby four women are suing for infertility treatment provides an opportunity to reflect on Church teaching about fertility, infertility, children and marital love.

A Childlike Wonderment of God

Blogger Dennis recalls the times when he read stories to and with his children. Read more for Dennis’s touching thoughts on the innocence of a child’s imagination and their openness to a deep relationship with God.

How does “boomerang fathering” affect families and children?

In her recent article published on the University of Houston’s website, Marisa Ramirez discusses the findings from new research which studied “boomerang” fathering and female adolescent depression. The results indicate that even the ambivalent presence of a biological father could decrease stress and depression in adolescent girls.

Why is acceptance of marital infidelity growing?

In her newly published article in the blog of the Institute for Family Studies, Alysse ElHage discusses potential contributors to the increased acceptance of marital infidelity amogst American adults. The research indicates that pornography could be a major influence on the statistics.

Days Well Spent

Newlywed Katie reflects on her first 58 days of marriage to Tommy. Through the graces of the Sacrament, bloggers Katie and Tommy have come to understand and love each other more deeply. Read Katie’s recent blog post for her touching thoughts on marriage.

Pope Encourages Married Couples, Providing Three Key Words to Strengthen Marriages

In a recent address to young people present at World Youth Day, Pope Francis provides three important words for married couples to embrace on a daily basis. He explains that these words are essential for strengthening marriages.

Is cohabitation harmful or helpful for future marriages?

Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades recently published an article in the blog of the Institute for Family Studies evaluating the effects of cohabitation on individuals, their relationships, and on society as a whole. The research indicates that cohabitation can negatively affect future marriages in profound ways.

The Transition: A Practical Guide To Engagement For The Catholic Man

In The Transition: A Practical Guide to Engagement for a Catholic Man, Chet Collins provides humble and relatable advice for Catholic men transitioning from the dating stage to engagement, and finally to the early years of married life. This informative guide for men is sure to be intriguing.

Tasting Death

Death is an unavoidable part of life. The deaths of two friends gave Josh an opportunity to reflect with his family on the end of life and our hope in the Resurrection and eternal life.

Mercy in Marriage

In her most recent post, Blogger Kathleen reflects on the unconditional love and mercy that God has for us. Read more to learn how marital love resembles Christ’s love for the world.

Does religious devotion (or lack thereof) affect marriages and families?

Jenet Erickson recently published an article in Deseret News that evaluates the effects of religious devotion on society as a whole. The research indicates that strong religious participation positively impacts marriages and families.

Busyness…The Thief of our Joy

Overwhelmed by the “busyness” of daily life? In her most recent blog post, Mary Jo provides insights for attaining peace within family life.

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