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What Are You Thankful for in Your Spouse?

This past weekend my husband arrived home after a week-long business trip to Lima, Peru. As a mother of five with a very active household, I was exhausted, ready for a break, and longing to be in his arms. Needless to say, I was excited for Troy to be home. Whenever he travels, I find […]


Technology and the Family

Technology is part of the fabric of our everyday lives, and while it can be good for entertainment sometimes, it can become a distraction or even an addiction. Mary Jo reflects on ways to draw boundaries with technology in family life and instead enjoy simpler times with each other face-to-face.


Cultivating Contentment in Newlywed Life

It’s often tempting to continually look ahead to the future and forget about the present moment. Newlywed Brooke reflects on savoring the moment by cultivating gratitude for her married life with Tim and God’s blessings at this time of their lives.


Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently—Why It Helps Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage

Women and men are complementary, bringing a unique blend of strengths—and differences–to parenting. Kyle and Marsha Pruett combine their careers in professional research and parenting to provide advice for parents to build a strong co-parenting relationship.


Josh’s Purse

You can tell a lot about a person from the contents of their purse…or from the contents of their car! Stacey lovingly lists off some of the things her husband Josh keeps in the car and how each item says something about the man she loves.


5 Tips for Improving Marital Listening Skills

What do parasailing and marriage have in common? Find out from Kathleen in this week’s blog offering five tips for married couples to improve their listening and communication skills.


We Are All Called to be Witnesses of God’s Love

What do the consecrated life and marriage have in common? After attending the professions of two Dominican sisters, Dennis finds some similarities in the vows of a religious and the marriage vows between a man and a woman.


Scheduling Times for Prayer on our Wedding Day

When the wedding day finally comes, it may seem like there are a million things to do before the vows. But the most important thing, before hair appointments and centerpieces, is to pray! Newlywed Brooke writes about the importance of carving out time for prayer on her wedding day and the fruit that it brought.


Expectant Joy: A Prayer of the Domestic Church Celebrating the Gift of Life

Pregnancy is a time of waiting and anticipation as a family prepares for the arrival of its newest member. “Expectant Joy” is a prayer book designed to walk families through each trimester and help them spiritually prepare for a new baby.


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.


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