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Busyness…The Thief of our Joy

Overwhelmed by the “busyness” of daily life? In her most recent blog post, Mary Jo provides insights for attaining peace within family life.

Lord, it is good that we are here!

In his recent post, newlywed Tommy McGrady encourages readers to continue supporting married couples after their wedding day. Read Tommy’s reflections on the value of community and the power of prayer.

Thriving Marriages, 2nd edition

John Yzaguirre, Ph.D., and his wife Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, MFT, M. Div., provide a how-to guide for married couples who want to keep their marriages strong. By incorporating spiritual and psychological approaches, the authors outline factors that affect marital relationships overall. Looking for ways to strengthen your marriage? Check out this book!

What is Your Marital Spirituality?

Marriage is both Christological and Trinitarian – big words that just mean that married couples have a privileged role of imaging both Christ’s love and God’s fruitful communion. What a high calling!

Marital Love Is Like Fine Wine- It Gets Better With Time

In her new blog post, Kathleen reminds readers of Christ’s constant presence in marriages. She compares marital love to her family vineyard, explaining that marriages are the fruit, and Christ the vine. Read more for Kathleen’s reflections on married and divine love.

Pope Reflects on Amoris Laetitia: Respect, Conversion, and Witness

In a recent reflection on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis reminds all to be compassionate towards others, to remain humble, and to witness the inspiring and faithful love of elderly married couples.

A Life Well Lived

Dennis Weiss reflects on his mother’s inspiring love and devotion to the Lord. Although she recently passed away, Weiss explains how courageous and gracious she was, how she impacted others, and how she united all of her family members at the end. Read more for Weiss’ touching thoughts on his mother’s unconditional, lifelong faith.

Summer Goals

A friend’s unexpected visit makes Justin and Sarah realize how much they enjoy–and need–outside company. Read how they decide to broaden their world.

Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

As Stacey and Josh’s family experiences, very little is truly routine in family life.

China’s Only Children in Marital Crisis

Tracy You recently published an article in Daily Mail that evaluates the effect of the one-child family policy on divorce rates of couples born in 1980. The interference of parents could be possible contributor to increased divorce rates. Nonetheless, divorce is becoming more common amongst ‘post-80s’ Chinese couples.

Pope Francis Discusses Wedding at Cana

Pope Francis recalls the Wedding Feast at Cana, congratulating those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries, and reminding all of Christ’s endless glory.

Pilgrim of Return

Josh reflects on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. While there, he was transformed by the religious sites he visited; he grew closer to the Lord, while developing an even deeper union with his wife, Stacey. Read more to learn just how intertwined married love and Divine love are.

Young Adults Now More Likely to Live With Parents Than Ever Before

Tara Bahrampour evaluates the difference in the number of young adults who lived at home in 1960, compared to the number of young adults who live at home today. Additionally, she analyzes the decreased percentage of young people who are currently getting married. Marriage and leaving the family home are less practiced than they used to be.

Growing Closer to the Heart

Life is often chaotic, leaving little time to invest in relationships. Find out how engaged couple Tommy and Katie (who are getting married on Saturday!) remain grounded in their love for one another.

Sexuality Explained: A Guide for Parents and Children

Louise Kirk provides a how-to guide for parents in explaining the topic of sexuality to their children at various ages. Kirk does this through a series of dialogues between a parent and a child. This insightful book abides by Catholic teachings on sexuality within the bounds of marriage. Are you unsure of how to bring up this sensitive topic appropriately with your children? Check out this book!

How To Keep Your Marriage Close When Travel Pulls You Apart

Kathleen’s husband Troy travels for about 60% of his job. Here are six tried-and-true tips of how they keep their marriage strong even when they’re apart for much of the time.

Kids Eat Free!

Mary Jo reflects on Pope Francis’s advice to parents to make memories with their families in her own family’s experience on vacation in Toronto.



Seeing life not as a collection of single ‘big’ moments, soon-to-be-married Tommy reflects on how Katie and he have grown together and in knowledge of each other.

The Thrill of the Chaste

Dawn Eden’s The Thrill of the Chaste sheds light on the struggles of chastity and provides insight into the daily process of conversion of heart in a narrative manner which is sure to be engaging.

Welcoming the Stranger

Showing hospitality to new arrivals in town is a great way families can live out the work of mercy to “welcome the stranger.” Stacey writes about how their family is doing that right now.

Divorcing with Adult Children: The Unacknowledged Suffering

Jane Gordon Julien delves into the unspoken effects of divorce on adult children and the lasting impact on their lives.

Sacrificial Love

In sacrificing for one another in marriage, writes Kathleen, we become holy.

“Let the Children Come to Me”

Dennis reflects on the innocence and purity of a child’s prayer. His experiences as a grandfather have encouraged him to renew a childlike trust in God. He challenges us to do the same.

“Amoris Laetitia”: The Joy of Love

It’s here! Pope Francis’s prayerful reflections on marriage and the family will give married couples and families much solid guidance in their vocation of love.

Jesus, I Trust in You

What are the chances of meeting your future spouse if they live 1,226 miles away? Katie shares her experience and God’s hand in meeting Tommy. Read about their journey to each other through trust in Christ.

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