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Majority of U.S. Mothers Work Outside the Home, Love Parenting

The Pew Research Center recently released six facts about mothers in the United States. The stats show that the majority of women are having fewer children and working outside the home more than in years past, but also find parenting rewarding and joyful.


The Marital Dance

Kathleen, a former dancer, reflects on how marriage and dancing are similar. Just as each partner in a dance has a particular role and specific strengths, so it is with each spouse in a marriage covenant – and both have to work as a team to make the dance beautiful.


Little Bodies of Christ

After receiving the Eucharist at Mass, reflecting on the gift of children, MaryJo meditates on the beauty of the children she has helped as an occupational therapist and her own children she has raised with her husband.


Marriage Preparation: Sharing Hearts and Homes

One of the most important parts of being engaged is the marriage preparation program. Tim writes about the choice he and Brooke made to regularly meet with a married mentor couple, two people who have taught them about married life not only through discussions but through their generous example of married love.


Do Married Parents Have Better Relationship Quality than Unmarried Parents?

A recent study from Social Science Research compared the relationship quality between new married and unmarried parents. The research suggests that married parents have a more stable relationship and higher relationship quality than unmarried parents.


Restored: True Stories of Love and Trust after Porn

Porn use does not only affect the one using it, but also their loved ones. “Restored: True Stories of Love and Trust After Porn” is a compilation of true stories from women who have suffered as a result of a loved one’s porn use and found grace and forgiveness through the healing of addiction and their relationships.


Learning to Drive

With her oldest son learning to drive, Stacey finds herself reflecting on time and parenthood, which is full of paradoxes. In her concern, she finds comfort in the Providence of God who cares for both parents and children.


It is the Small Things Done with Great Love that Build a Strong Marriage

In the midst of married life, Kathleen is inspired by the words of Mother Teresa, “do small things with great love.” It is the little, selfless acts of love, Kathleen notes, that strengthen married life.


Be Still…

The noise of daily life can be tiring and distracting. On his annual retreat at a nearby monastery, Dennis reflects on the beauty of silence and creation, two important ways the Lord speaks to us.


Starting a Family and Being Open to Life

From the moment a man and woman say their vows, they become a new family, and being a family includes the possibility of children. Soon-to-be-married Brooke reflects on what it means to be open to life both before and after her wedding.


Pope Writes on Theme for 9th World Meeting of Families, “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”

In a letter written in anticipation of the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Pope Francis announced the theme of the meeting and expressed his hopes for a deepening and strengthening of the Gospel of the “joy of the family.”


Facing Infertility: A Catholic Approach

Infertility causes suffering for couples who desire children, and author Jean Dimech-Juchniewicz knows this from experience. “Facing Infertility” addresses the multi-faceted effects infertility has on couples within a Catholic framework. It’s a resource that is useful both for couples and their loved ones.


Successful Marriages Are Built on Positive Little Moments

One key to a successful marriage may be consistent, intentional acts of love (however small) between spouses. Recent surveys conducted by the University of Texas found that higher marital satisfaction is linked with regular positive interactions between spouses.


The “Weight of Love”: An Image for Authentic Love from St. John Paul II

A play by Karol Wojtyla (later St. John Paul II) shows the “weight” of married love through the image of a divine Jeweler and a couple’s wedding rings.


On the Lighter Side

Laughter is great medicine! In marriage and family life, it brings levity that gets us through tough times.


Prayerfully Preparing for the Vocation of Marriage

Four simple ways engaged couples can stay focused through prayer on the Sacrament of Marriage.


Marriage on a Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage

Andrew and Terri Lyke, two experienced family life ministers, set forth a “new paradigm” for marriage ministry that encourages families to be “lights” to other families. They also offer some particular insight on African-American families. This book proves to be a valuable resource in strengthening and supporting families in the Church, especially those in the margins.


World Family Map Reports on Global Family Dynamics

Part of the report from the World Family Map project focuses on family dynamics. The WFM found varying patterns in conversations between parents and children and a positive correlation between shared family meals and teens’ school performance.


Counting Umbrellas and Ballerinas: Helping Children Contemplate Beauty

A scavenger hunt during a recent trip to the Art Institute provides Josh with the perfect opportunity to teach his three children about beauty and contemplation.


Pope Encourages Priests to Support Married Couples

In a recent training session with parish priests, Pope Francis gave a speech about the importance of compassion and understanding in pastoral ministry to marriages and families.


A Love Letter to My Beloved

The romance of love letters has not extinguished, even with the growth of technology. Kathleen shares an intimate love letter she wrote to her husband that reflects on the beauty of the marital covenant and sacrificial love of married life.


World Family Map Shows Global Trends in Family Structures, Childbearing

The World Family Map is an annual report that compiles data from around the world to monitor the health of families worldwide. Focusing on factors affecting family structure, the WFM found varying numbers of cohabitating couples and children born outside of marriage, with the majority of children living with both parents.


Words of Love

Words are one of the most powerful tools in married life. Following his wife’s post, Dennis shares some phrases spoken by his wife that are particularly meaningful to him.


Core Sin Reprised

No matter how long you’ve been married, differences in how you and your spouse handle things can still arise. Stacey reflects on the subtle ways our families of origin affect the way we relate to others and the importance of identifying them to grow happier and holier.


Planning the Wedding: Stressful or Sacramental?

Planning a wedding can be stressful, for sure. But it’s also a special time of a couple’s life. Keeping the focus on the sacrament makes all the difference!


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