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Dennis and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary while on a retreat with some friends from our marriage support group Teams of Our Lady. Along with time to learn from the videos on the retreat, there was a lot of laughter and good-natured ribbing, not much sleep and a fair amount of food and wine […]

Opening Addresses for the Synod

Pope Francis shares beautiful words about the family as the Synod opens.

Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do

In Love Factually, Duana Welch lays out ten steps to finding love based on her research as a social scientist.

On the Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States

Pope Francis’ reflections on his journey to Cuba and the United States.

Family Pilgrimage

Josh and his family went to the World Meeting of Families in Philly! The theme was “Love is Our Mission.”

Papal Visit Wrap-Up

Pope Francis spoke multiple times about marriage and the family during his visit to the U.S. – read them all here!

Dealing with the Empty Nest, with Prayer

Are you an empty-nest parent? Dennis and Mary Jo found themselves at that stage of life recently. Dennis writes that the best gift he can give his children now is praying for them.

Try Faith – It Works!

What does it mean to live one’s faith today? Tim uses the story of a sledding adventure to illustrate the adventure of wholeheartedly trusting in God.

On the Universal Importance of the Family

In this concluding address to his series on the family, Pope Francis emphasized the family’s importance for the whole world: God’s promise is still and always valid.

Address to Teams of our Lady

Speaking to a lay movement of married couples and priests, Pope Francis exhorted families to be missionaries and to model a vibrant marital spirituality.

On the Family and Christian Community

Families should feel at home in the Church, and the Church should feel like a family, said Pope Francis at his weekly general audience.

Changes to the Declaration of Nullity Process

Pope Francis outlined significant changes to the declaration of nullity (annulment) process in the Church.

Work in Progress

Newlyweds Megan and Juan have faced a challenge to many marriages – moving! In the process, they learned a lot about each other and also saw anew how many opportunities marriage gives for growing in virtue.

On Families Sharing the Faith

In his latest reflection on the family, the pope talked about the crucial role the family has in sharing the faith, both with its own members and others who are in need of the Gospel message.

A Severe Mercy

With beauty and honesty, Sheldon Vanauken recounts in A Severe Mercy the story of his and his wife’s selfless marriage, their conversion to Christianity, and her untimely death.

My Core Sin

Stacey shares her journey to discover her greatest weakness, and how greater self-awareness helps her keep her God-given gifts from becoming obstacles to relationships with God and others.

On Praying as a Family

In his audience today, Pope Francis exhorted the family to pray together, giving them practical tips to do so.

On Work and the Family

In a general audience on August 19, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the dignity of work within the family and the necessity of ensuring that the working world is family-oriented.

It’s Good To Be The King – and The Priest and The Prophet

Tim recounts a recent dinner party during which he recognized his guests’ participation in the threefold office of Christ – priest, prophet, and king.

On Celebration in the Family

In his general audience on August 12, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the goodness of celebration, an occasion that reminds us of our likeness with God, especially when it involves the family.

Tension in the Family Mediated by Grandparents

In an address to the Eucharistic Youth Movement on August 7, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the normalcy of tension within the family and urged that grandparents, whose patience and experience enables them to deal well with conflict, be included in the family.

Learning to Suffer Well

Mary Jo reflects on the grace of joining her suffering to Christ’s, a lesson she learned when she sought the solace of prayer and solitude at a lake while on vacation.

Our New Family

Megan muses about events surrounding her recent marriage, particularly focusing on the awe and joy she felt when she realized that she and Juan are now a “new tiny little family.”

Message to the Knights of Columbus

On August 1, 2015, Pope Francis sent a message to the Knights of Columbus for their 133rd Supreme Convention, thanking them for their defense of marriage and family life.

On Ministry to Divorced and Remarried Catholics

On August 5, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about lovingly ministering to divorced and remarried Catholic and their families as the Good Shepherd would.

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