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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.


The Contemplative Marriage

Newlywed Sara reflects on Christ’s role in the everyday married life: “Every act done with your spouse within your marriage – whether it is making love or making breakfast – confers sacramental grace.”


At the Extraordinary Synod: Prayer Vigil, Homily, and Angelus

The Synod on the Family has begun! Read about three addresses of the Holy Father about the family.


Grandparents: The Great Family of the Church

On September 28, 2014, Pope Francis spoke about the invaluable role the elderly and grandparents play in our world and called us to cultivate a society in which they are valued and cared for.


Marrying Up

Donna and Tim reflect on the spousal call to lead one another to God in marriage.


Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution

In the October book of the month, Monsignor Bransfield discusses the painful struggle of pornography addiction and its harmful effects on the human person, while offering a solution in the mercy of God.


Three Ways to Pray

Stacey shares three easy ways to pray with your spouse and children using Ignatian Spirituality.


“Before I Do”: Premarital experiences affect the present

Emily Macke discusses a study done by the National Marriage Project that links premarital sex, cohabitation and the size of one’s wedding ceremony to the quality of one’s marriage.


Seen and Unseen

Tim and Donna reflect on moments where they witnessed true beauty amidst our fallen world and suggest that we all cultivate a heart of thanksgiving.


What a Wedding Day! 20 Marriages, 1 Pope

In his homily at a Nuptial Mass, Pope Francis encouraged couples to allow the love of Christ to sustain them on their journey as spouses.


On Being A Grandpa

Grandchildren are such a blessing! Dennis recounts a special experience he had recently that reminded him of how wonderful it is to be a grandpa.


I Have No Idea Who I Married

Anthony marvels at one of the many differences he is finding between dating and being married while reflecting on how spouses are called to grow with each other.


Seven From Heaven: How Your Family Can Find Healing, Strength and Protection in the Sacraments

Do you want to teach your children about the Sacraments? If so, Seven from Heaven is a must read! Elizabeth Ficocelli gives practical and useful advice to families on how they can incorporate the Sacraments into their daily lives and turn their home into a domestic church.


Declining Rates of Catholic Weddings

Emily Macke discusses a trend among Americans today, especially the Millennial generation, who seem to be opting out of Church weddings,


What I Learned in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Josh relates how he turned the viral “ice bucket challenge” into an opportunity to teach his children about charity and following their convictions.


Do what You want with me

God’s plan…or our plan? Donna writes about the challenges of saying with Mary, “Thy will be done.”


In Korea: Words for Youth & Laity

In an apostolic journey to South Korea, Pope Francis spoke of marriage and family life as a “call” and he encouraged Christians to support marriages and families.


The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

Sara and Anthony are married! Sara writes about their final days of preparation and the biggest lesson they learned.


A no-nuptial safety net?

Emily Macke examines a new trend in non-marital relationships to set up a contract for what happens to the couple’s assets if they break up.


Center of Love

Pope Francis spoke of the family as the “center of love” in a beautiful message to the Latin American Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Family.


Family Sundays

Sunday is meant to be a day of rest and worship but how many of us actually use it as so? Mary Jo reflects on how Family Sundays have allowed her family to grow in love of family and God.


The Catholic Wedding Book: A Complete Guidebook

There is a lot of planning that goes into a wedding! The Catholic Wedding Book seeks to offer some practical advice in the planning of a Catholic Wedding, including the preparation, ceremony, and Mass. This lighthearted read is the focus of the August Book Review.


Reaffirming the Family

Pope Francis continues to speak about the family! Recent comments touch on familiar themes: the importance of parents playing with their children, and the role of labor and human dignity.


Big Fish

A bad day or a big fish? Stacey reflects on how difficulties in life can be a sign that God has big plans on the line for each of us.


The Challenges of Communicating Life and Love

Emily Macke continues her reflection on the Instrumentum Laboris, this time discussing Church teachings on birth control in respect to the recent Hobby Lobby decision and upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family.


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