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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!


Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner

Wedding preparation involves more than just flowers and seating charts; it is also a time of stress, excitement, and personal growth. In “Invited,” author Stephanie Calis offers practical tips, stories, and spiritual help for brides (and grooms) navigating through wedding planning, while helping readers prepare for a Christ-centered marriage.


Study Finds Aggression More Likely In Cohabitating Couples

The Institute for Family Studies recently reported on two studies that explored the link between physical aggression and cohabitation in young adult couples. The studies found that cohabitating couples are more likely to experience aggression in their relationships than those who are married or dating and not living together.


Pope Calls for New Catechumenate for Marriage Preparation

In a recent audience with the Roman Rota, Pope Francis called for stronger and more effective marriage preparation for couples approaching the sacrament. He noted the difficulties of choosing to marry in today’s culture and emphasized the importance of the faithful in being present to married couples in the Church.


Nationwide Poll Finds Support for Monogamy in Marriage; Long Marriages Continue to Inspire

January 2017’s 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll surveyed over 1,000 Americans on their views of marriage. Results show that, overall, Americans are supportive of monogamy, working hard in marriage, and long-term marriages.


Do You Have Marriage Insurance?

We insure material possessions; it’s even more important to invest in a marital insurance policy. Blogger Kathleen has some practical suggestions for couples to protect and strengthen the marital commitment.


Three Little Words

Men and women have different perspectives in marriage. Mary Jo shares a few phrases that have particular importance for her in conversations with her husband.


Pope Baptizes Twenty-Eight Babies on Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father baptized twenty-eight babies in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he spoke of the faith that baptism bestows and the responsibility of parents to live as witnesses of that faith.


Teaching Transcendence

The encounter with the transcendent is a crucial part of human life. Josh reflects on the experiences of nature that have inspired contemplation of God and the current practices in his family that foster wonder and awe.


Meet the Future Mr. and Mrs. Foley

Welcome to our new engaged couple bloggers! Tim and Brooke are getting married this summer. In their first post, they share their how-we-met story and their beautiful proposal story. It will be a joy to follow them in their journey toward the Sacrament of Marriage!


Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Good mothers bring tenderness to society, Pope Francis says. We can all follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God and first disciple.


The Journey of Our Love: The Letters of Saint Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla

The personal witness of a happy, holy married life can be a source of encouragement and strength for others who are striving to virtuously live their own vocations. The letters of St. Gianna Molla and her husband, Pietro, provide an image of beautiful, sanctifying married love.


The Feast of Holy Innocents and Our Call to Defend Children

The feast of the Holy Innocents, says Pope Francis, is a reminder to all of us to protect and cherish the children in our midst, especially those who are suffering.


Midnight Mass for Christmas

Christmas is a night of glory, joy, and light, says Pope Francis. We must remember all suffering children on this day, and bring them the hope of the baby Jesus.


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