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Shared work or shared parenting?

New research on men’s and women’s thoughts on work-life balance reveal some interesting differences between desires and reality.


Pope Looks Forward to Philadelphia Trip

In a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Pope Francis wrote about the family, the Synod of Bishops, and the upcoming World Meeting of Families.


Holy Order

Tim reflects on how children remind us that life doesn’t have to be routine and how we can find childlike joy in our everyday lives.


Pope Francis Begins New Series on the Family

On December 10, 2014 Pope Francis began a new series of talks on the family for his general audiences. In the first audience, the Pope discussed the true nature of the October Synod on the Family.


Family Is Irreplaceable; Women Should Be Valued

In a message sent to the Festival of the Family, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the family for all people, and lauded the valuable contributions of women in the home and society.


Marriage: A Perpetual Advent

Marriage is a pathway to heaven. And just as we wait in Advent for Christ’s coming at Christmas, so married couples patiently journey together toward the fulfillment of their desires in heaven.


Invalidation or, Guess Who is Less than Perfect?

Stacey reflects on the four danger signs of impending communication breakdown and how her and Joshua’s communication style has changed over the years.


Does the Pill Impact Attraction?

A new study on the birth control pill examines the possibility that women’s attraction to men and their marital satisfaction could be affected by taking the pill.


Pope Francis to the European Parliament

Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, where he spoke about the importance of the family in relation to the hope of nations.


Why Enough is Never Enough: Overcoming Worries about Money – A Catholic Perspective

Do you worry about money? This book can help you make peace with your finances (a common source of marital strife) and develop generosity.


Advent Traditions

Dennis reflects on fond family memories of Advent, especially the peaceful glow of the Advent candles as the family gathered around the table for dinner and prayers.


An Inspiring Half Century

Tim planned a special birthday party for Donna, and in the process was reminded of the high value of a “worthy wife” (Prov. 31).


Complementarity is at the Root of Marriage

In an address at the “Humanum” conference in Rome, Pope Francis affirmed the importance of male-female complementarity in marriage.


Becoming Masters of Love

Emily Macke shares the research findings of psychologist John Gottman about what makes couples “masters” or “disasters” of love.


Gaining Trust While Losing Control

Sara reflects on how marriage calls spouses not to think of only their own happiness, but the well-being of the other when making big and small decisions.


Pope Francis on the Importance of Family Life

On the Malawi bishops’ Ad Limina Visit, Pope Francis spoke with them about the importance of their commitment to family life. “There is no aspect of family life…which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love,” he said.


Pope Francis on Possible Changes to the Declaration of Nullity Process

In a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers, Pope Francis discussed the need to make the declaration of nullity (annulment) process more efficient and less expensive.


The Book of Life

Josh tells the story of a Halloween night that could have gone horribly wrong, but instead turned into a beautiful family experience.


What God Has Joined: A Catholic Teaching on Marriage

What God Has Joined: A Catholic Teaching on Marriage covers the topics of the nature of the Sacrament, questions of sexual morality, how the Sacrament can be lived out, difficult questions concerning marriage and the marriage preparation process.


The throw-away culture places marriage under attack

Speaking to an ecclesial movement on their 100th anniversary, Pope Francis highlighted the challenges marriage is facing.


How Texting Changes When You Get Married

An interesting new study looks at how text messaging changes when a couple gets married. Does this apply to you?


Living the Mission

As the fall season surrounds us, Mary Jo reflects on the changing seasons of family life and how family members’ actions are called to reflect their love for one another in times of both joy and trial.


Closing of the Extraordinary Synod; Looking Ahead to the Ordinary Synod

At the close of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis spoke at both a closing address and Mass on the experience of the Extraordinary Synod and what is still to come for the Ordinary Synod next year.


A Moving Proposition

Moving into a new house, Josh reflects on the struggles that even time-tested marriages face, and how spouses can try to overcome them.


Study Reveals Limitations of Online Dating

Emily Macke discusses a new study that suggests there are challenges and limitations to online dating that someone seeking to find a match should be aware of.


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