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I Am Sorry – Sincerely

Pope Francis has stressed the importance of husbands and wives saying “I’m sorry.” Kathleen reflects on the healing and strengthening power of asking for forgiveness in her marriage.


The Boxes We Create

Sometimes our thoughts and experiences can place people in a box rather than extend a hand in friendship. MaryJo reflects on the ways we can show mercy to help and support families who are different than we are.


The Couple that Prays Together Is Happier Together

It’s been said that “the couple who prays together stays together.” Recently, the Institute for Family Studies published an essay that affirms this truth. A significant number of couples who pray and attend church together report being happier than couples who do not attend church together.


The Main Event: The Wedding Liturgy

While wedding trends focus on the details of the wedding reception, the Church focuses on the details of the Nuptial Mass! Newly married Brooke writes about the readings and music she and her husband chose for their wedding Mass and the ways it has deepened their spiritual lives.


Summer (Formation) Routines

Summertime is full of opportunities for adventure…and boredom. Stacey writes about the “formation routines” for her children in the summer months that help them grow in contemplation and responsibility.


Then Comes Baby: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Three Years of Parenthood

Welcoming home a new baby is a joyful, although challenging, transition. With humor and honesty, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak offer practical and spiritual advice to new parents as they navigate through the earliest years of their child’s life.


Marriage, College Education Keys to Preventing Child Poverty

The Institute for Family Studies recently released a testimony by W. Bradford Wilcox, senior fellow of IFS, which explored the rising trend of child poverty and declining trend of couples marrying. Marriage “protects” children from poverty better than cohabitation and creates a more stable family life.


The Power of a Couple Holy Hour

For nearly every week of their married life, Kathleen and Troy have made a Holy Hour as a couple, even when physically separated by distance. Kathleen reflects on the abundance of graces she and her family have received through intentional time spent with our Lord in prayer.


Millennials Who Marry Before Having Children More Likely to Thrive Financially

“In general, Millennials who marry first are more likely to be on track to realizing the American Dream than those who put childbearing first.” A recent report released by the Institute for Family Studies and the American Enterprise Institute found that Millennials who earn at least a high school diploma, work a full time job, and get married before having children are financially better off than peers who do not follow this sequence.


Fathers and Daughters

When he walks his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, Dennis reminisces about her childhood and their memories together. He reflects on his role as father and the ways it has changed over the years.


Relying on God in the Homestretch

As their wedding day approaches at the end of June, Brooke and Tim’s trust in God is stretched with a new job opportunity. Whatever the outcome of the present situation, the couple reflects on how their prayer life has been strengthened and renewed in this challenging time.


Pope Francis Addresses the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations

In his June 1 address to the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, the Holy Father emphasized the influence the family has on social, economic, and political spheres of life. “There is no better ally for the integral progress of society than to favor the presence of families in the social fabric,” he said.


A Grandparent’s Gift of Memories: A Pilgrimage With the Saints

Grandparents are indispensable members of every family. Inspired by the words of Pope Francis and her time as a medical social worker, Nancy Groves’ workbook provides a space for grandparents to bless their grandchildren with their treasured memories, life experience, wisdom, and love.


Family Ties

After the passing of his grandmother, Josh reflects on the love his grandmother had for the faith and her family. Family ties bond us stronger than we may realize, both in this life and the next.


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.”


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