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6 Ways to Keep the Flame of Marital Love Alive

Marital love is like a fire, Kathleen writes – it’s powerful, but must be tended to intentionally, with care and effort. Here are 6 steps to help you stroke the fire of love, intimacy, and fidelity in your marriage.


Stewardship in Marriage

In marriage, God entrusts us with the care of a spouse, children, and physical belongings. What is the most appropriate way to lovingly and responsibly handle these gifts? Mary Jo reflects on the concept of stewardship in her married life and how she and her husband work to cultivate it.


Cultivating Relationships with Family and Friends

Being newly married carries with it the temptation of spending all your time with your new spouse. Brooke writes about the importance of being part of a wider community and how she and Timmy have been intentional about spending time with family and friends in the past few months.


Career and Family Choices and our Deepest Values

In discerning a career move, Josh takes into account what is best for his wife and his children. This time gives him an opportunity to reflect on his role in his family and the deepest values – God and family togetherness – that motivate his choices.


Seven Steps to Becoming Financially Free: A Catholic Guide to Managing Your Money

Money is an ever-present reality in marriage and family life; in fact, it’s one of the top issues couples fight about! Phil Lenahan, financial counselor, husband, and father, provides faith-filled advice, real life stories, and many practical tips to help couples become financially at peace.


New Survey Finds Couples Today Take Longer to Choose to Marry

Couples today are engaged longer and marrying later in life than couples in previous decades. A recent survey of UK newlyweds found that many couples date, cohabitate, and are engaged for nearly five years before marrying. Nearly all the couples surveyed report a positive change in their relationship following marriage.


I Want to Grow Old With You

Marriage is meant to last a lifetime, “til death do us part.” Inspired by the love of an older couple at her church, Kathleen reflects on the priceless gift of growing old with her husband.


The Rosary, A Spiritual Weapon for Families

The Rosary is a powerful prayer, especially when you’re praying for your family. Dennis writes about how he and his “fellow warrior,” his wife Mary Jo, have taken up a daily Rosary to intercede for their marriage and their children.


Building a Treehouse and Character

The Noems had a big summer project: building a treehouse in their back yard! Josh reflects on how this has been a learning experience for his kids and a wonderful family labor of love.


Being Intentional about our Time as Newlyweds

Since getting married at the end of June, Brooke and Tim have been in a time of transition into a new home, new jobs, and a new way of life. Brooke shares three ways she and her new husband have been intentional in being present to each other in their married life.


The Dude’s Guide To Marriage: Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop To Love His Wife Well

Darrin and Amie Patrick offer both single and married men concrete ways to become better men and strengthen their marriages. Although written from an evangelical Christian perspective, “The Dude’s Guide to Marriage” offers insight and support to help men become happier and holier.


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.


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