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A Welcoming Sacrament

Engaged couple Katie and Tommy share how their differences lead them to a closer union!


Why Forgive?

An exposé of the full spectrum of forgiveness, this book uncovers the power of healing even life’s most painful offenses.


Marriage: “A Reality that… Can Be Experienced by All the Baptized”

On January 22, 2016, Pope Francis spoke about the Church’s teaching on marriage not as “an ideal for the few” but as “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”


The Week I Forgot My Wife

Last week’s blog post from Kathleen Billings asked, “When is the last time you dated your spouse?” It’s a great reflection on how to keep the spirit of a marriage alive and new and fresh—worth a read. The lesson is a familiar one: we need to wake up! It is easy to fall into a […]


Do you date your spouse?

New bloggers Kathleen and Troy write about the importance of date nights for married couples and how they keep the “Tabor vision” of your spouse alive.


Children of Divorce, Including Adults

When an adult’s parents divorce, the pain and confusion that result can still be very difficult to deal with. A new series in Huffington Post allows children of divorce to share their stories, offering insight into this difficult experience.


The Shape of Love – Through the Years

Married love grows and changes, from the first joy of engagement to the happiness of a long marriage well-lived. Dennis writes about different “stages” of love in his own family.


Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

At a Mass where Pope Francis baptized 26 children, he encouraged parents to remember that the greatest inheritance they can give their children is faith.


Stretching Our Virtue

In their first post, engaged couple Katie and Tommy reflect on the common experience of a long, looong pre-wedding to-do list. While it is a hectic time, it is also joyful, and a great chance to grow in virtue together.


Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage

A great pick for the Jubilee of Mercy – gives insightful, fresh advice on how to live the works of mercy in marriage and family life.


On the Nativity

In his weekly audience, Pope Francis spoke of the Child Jesus and how much he teaches all of us about humility and faith. He encouraged parents and grandparents to learn from their own children.


Homily on the Feast of the Holy Family

Pope Francis encouraged families to go on pilgrimage together and to make their homes places of prayer, drawing from the readings for the Feast of the Holy Family.


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015

“Today the Son of God is born and everything changes,” said Pope Francis on Christmas Eve. In his Urbi et Orbi message on Christmas Day, the Holy Father called for mercy and peace throughout the world.


Address to Employees of the Holy See and Vatican City

Pope Francis encouraged Vatican employees to take care of their families and to prioritize their relationships with spouse and children.


How to Talk to Your Kids About Star Wars

Parents, take advantage of a cultural phenomenon to discuss some big topics with your kids, like bravery and sacrifice and temptation.


Baby Steps in Combat Boots

In their last post, Tim Bishop reflects on the need to always grow in the spiritual life, drawing inspiration from saints and childhood memories to rediscover the beauty of the Faith.


Adoption Story, Part 2: God In the Details

Mary Jo shares what it was like to welcome their three-and-a-half year old son Peter into their family through international adoption.


Family: The Welcoming Door

As we approach the Jubilee of Mercy (begins Dec. 8, 2015), Pope Francis encouraged all people – and especially families – to open wide their doors to others, welcoming them in a spirit of hospitality.


Happy Liturgical New Year!

In their final blog post, newlyweds Megan and Juan reflect on the joy of sharing their first Advent and Christmas together as a married couple.


The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After

Well-known author Jane Austen’s novels provide a wealth of advice for single young women on how to find a marriageable man and, more importantly, how to be a virtuous woman ready for marriage.


Apostolic Visit to Africa

During his first trip to Africa, Pope Francis said that families should have their basic needs provided for. He also encouraged young people to say yes to the commitment of marriage and family life.


Living Out a Fruitful Marriage (before having kids)

Newlywed Megan writes about the “exciting and terrifying” prospect of having children, and how she and her husband Juan express their openness to life and commitment to (God-willing) future children.


On Family Togetherness

In his November 11 weekly address, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of families spending time together, particularly around the family table. He also cautioned against overuse of technology in homes.


Don’t Feed the Monkeys

Fear is no fun – and can be paralyzing. Tim recounts a recent evening when his wife lovingly helped calm his fears in the middle of the night.


Address to Social Security Institute

The pope spoke about the importance of stable work for families, so that they can truly rest and not worry about their livelihood.


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